Horse conch


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

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TP: I purchase raw materials in bulk from wholesalers, like bushels of horse conch, lightning whelk, and other shells.
The total number of tulip snails (Fasciolaria spp., 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.sup.2]) each year in shallow-water seagrass beds.
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., which included both true and banded tulips.
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.
To investigate the trends within Florida commercial fisheries landings data, the FWC-FWRI trip ticket database was queried using SAS 9.3 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).
Horse conchs were the rarest of the snails encountered during the visual surveys, although they were observed in all 4 y and at all 10 sites.
During the visual surveys conducted along the Florida Gulf coast, lightning whelks were usually detected buried partially in sediment, whereas tulip snails and horse conchs were found most commonly aboveground, in seagrass, although these individuals were also observed partially buried.
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.