Pleuroploca gigantea   (Kiener, 1840)

Florida horse conch

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Gastropoda | Neogastropoda | Fasciolariidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic.  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Atlantic.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cmCommon length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 355)

Short description Morphology

Shell large, with up to 10 whorls. Sculpture of about 5 to 7 spiral cords and weak axial ribs that sometimes form knobs on whorl shoulders. Columella with 3 plications. Periostracum sometimes flaky. Colour: shell greyish white to salmon orange, usually orange in younger specimens; periostracum dark brown to light tan.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This the largest gastropod in American waters, and the Florida State Shell. A variety lacking nodules known as 'knob less wonder' can be found in southwestern Florida. Broad, muscular foot is locally consumed in northwestern Mexico (Ref. 355). Intertidal to shallow subtidal, on sand and mud flats and seagrass beds (Ref. 355). Members of the order Neogastropoda are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults (Ref. 833).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the order Neogastropoda are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Leal, J.H. 2003. (Ref. 355)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)


CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

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Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown