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Lambis lambis (Linaeus 1758)

Spider Conch


 Jarrad Oxley (2011)


 

 

Fact Sheet

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Overview

Brief Summary


Distribution


Physical Description

Size


Sexual Dimorphism


Identification Resources


Ecology

Local Distribution and Habitats


Crypsis


Life History & Behaviour

Feeding


Locomotion


Strength During Locomotion (Report)


Righting


Reproduction and Development


Evolution & Systematics

Fossil History


Phylogenetics


Morphology and Physiology

Shell Morphology


Body Morphology


Internal Anatomy


Conservation

Trends


Threats


References & More Information

Acknowledgements


References

Brief Summary

Lambis lambis, common name the spider conch, is one of 75 marine gastropod species in the family Strombidae (WoRMS 2011). The spider conch is widely distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific, living in reef flat zones to depths of 5 m (Walls 1980). Like all Strombids, the spider conch feeds on macroalgae and detrital films by grazing, and therefore plays a significant role in its food webs. Its large, robust shell can reach 29 cm in length and features a flared outer lip and a u-shaped "stromboid" notch near the anterior end (Berg 1973). During locomotion, they propel themselves forward in a leaping motion using their foot and modified pointed operculum.


 

Figure 1: Spider conch on sandy substrate in reef flat zone.

Classification

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Kingdom
Chromista
Phylum
Ochrophyta
Class
Bacillariophyceae
Order
Not assigned
Family
Not assigned
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Littorinimorpha
Superfamily
Stromboidea
Family
Strombidae