Horse conch


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(Zool.) a large, spiral, marine shell of the genus Triton. See Triton.

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including the true tulip, Fasciolaria tulipa, and banded tulip, Fasciolaria lilium), lightning whelk (Busycon sinistrum), and horse conch (Triplofusus giganteus) were counted at 190 stations (each 600 [m.
The marine gastropods included the banded tulip snail Fasciolaria lilium (Fischer 1807), the lightning whelk Busycon sinistrum (Hollister 1958), and the horse conch Triplofusus giganteus (Kiener 1840).
Two species and 1 genus of snails were targeted in this study: the horse conch Triplofusus giganteus, the lightning whelk Busycon sinistrum, and tulip snails Fasciolaria spp.
Gulf coast landings were greatest for the true tulip in 1995, with 1,728 tulips; greatest for the lightning whelk in 2007, with 11,258; and greatest for the horse conch in 1996, with 14,458 (Fig.
When Paine (1963a) examined relationships between several large gastropod species in Alligator Harbor, he found that the horse conch was the top predator in the benthic seagrass community.
Regardless, Abbott (1970) said that some species, including the horse conch, were overcollected in certain areas, although not at a rate that threatened extinction, and he commended those supporting molluscan conservation.
Lightning whelk and horse conch landings decreased substantially in 2010, which followed a record cold winter in Florida waters.
Despite active management, Baqueiro Cardenas (2001) noted the horse conch as being in danger of extinction in the Mexican Gulf and warned that collection methods must be changed to take biological factors into account.
3 software for the total numbers of true tulips, lightning whelks, and horse conchs landed along the west and east coasts of Florida from 1994 through 2011 (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 2012).
Divers observed 1,497 tulip snails, 225 lightning whelks, and 75 horse conchs during the 4 y of the study (Table 1).
Growing up to 24 inches in length, Florida's state shell, the horse conch (Triplofusus giganteus, Kiener, 1840), is one of the world's largest shell species and also ranks as the Western Atlantic's largest predatory gastropod.
The shell of the horse conch, Pleuroploca gigantea, could be of Honduras Caribbean Sea origin, but those of Busycon sp.