Atlantic Muck: Strombus pugilis

Strombus pugilis Linnaeus, 1758

West Indian fighting conch

Description: Moderately large elongate shell with a flaring outer lip. Color can cream, orange, or salmon-pink. Relatively smooth, but with spines on the body whorl. Shoulder of outer lip turned slightly upwards.

Size: 70-100 mm.

Ecology: Inhabits sandy substrates and seagrass beds in shallow sub tidal to innermost shelf depths (2-15 m).

Geological range: Late Pliocene-Recent (4-0 million years ago).

Geographic distribution: Caribbean, Florida.

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