Lobatus gigas   (Linnaeus, 1758)

pink conch

Native range | All suitable habitat | Year 2100
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Gastropoda | Neotaenioglossa | Strombidae
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Main reference
Leal, J.H. 2003. (Ref. 355)
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Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 35.2 cm NG male/unsexed; (Ref. 83435); common length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 355); max. reported age: 25 years (Ref. 97646)

Demersal; depth range 2 - 73 m (Ref. 83934), usually ? - 30 m (Ref. 97646)

Climate / Range
Tropical; 33°N - 1°S, 97°W - 45°W

Western Atlantic.
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Short description
Shell large, with relatively large spire, flared outer lip with posterior expansion projecting well beyond spire length. Spire taller than other species in genus. Sculpture of sharp knobs along shoulder. Colour: pale tan with thin brown periostracum. Internal shell colour deep pink.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

The fisheries have grown exponentially in the last 30 years, with resulting declines in population and area closures. The species has been included on appendix 2 of CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species). International trade is allowed only from nations in which the populations of the species are not under threat from commercial fishing (Ref. 355). This species is found intertidal and offshore, on coral reefs, particularly on algae, coral sand, and seagrass habitats (Ref. 83934, 355). Life cycle: Eggs hatch into veligers after 3-5 days which feed on phytoplankton; after 21 days they undergo metamorphosis (juvenile stage) where they remain buried in the sand and emerge in seagrass beds to feed; adults return to the shallow inshore waters to spawn (Ref. 97646).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Threat to humans

Human uses
Fisheries: highly commercial
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Food items
Mass conversion

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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Price category (Ref. 80766)