The Queen Conch or Pink Conch is a gastropod with the scientific name Strombus gigas. Gastropods belong to the phylum called molluscs with 60,000-75,000 known living species. This group of animals is second only to insects in its number of known species and includes a very large number of species of marine snails and sea slugs, as well as freshwater snails and freshwater limpets, and the terrestrial (land) snails and slugs. (Usually the word ‘snail’ means those gastropods with a shell, and those which have only a very reduced or internal shell, we call slugs).
Because there are so many types of snails, they live in many different types of environments. You can find them in gardens, in woodlands, in deserts and on mountains; in small ditches, great rivers and lakes; in wetlands, the rocky coasts, the sandy subtidal even in the deepest parts of the oceans.
Gastropods also belong to a family of animals called invertebrates. Invertebrates are animals without a backbone.
The Queen Conch lives in sand, seagrass bed, and coral reef habitats. It is found in warm, shallow water and is generally not found deeper than 70 feet (21 m). We find them in the Marine Park as well as in the Simpsonbay Lagoon.
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