The Crown Conch (Melongena corona) – A Slow Predator of the Estuary

by Steven Seidell February. 26, 2020 94 views

Reaching around five inches in length, crown conch shells are spiral with a wide aperture (opening) and brown to purple to white in color. Each whorl ends with white spins giving it the appearance of a crown and – hence – it’s common name.

The extended black siphon is used to draw water into the mantle cavity – both for oxygen and detecting the location of food.

The extended black siphon is used to draw water into the mantle cavity – both for oxygen and detecting the location of food.

These are guys are snail predators – seeking prey slow enough for them to catch. Common targets include the bivalves such as oysters and clams, but they are known to seek out other snails – like whelks. Crown conchs are known to feed on dead organisms they encounter.

These are guys are snail predators – seeking prey slow enough for them to catch. Common targets include the bivalves such as oysters and clams, but they are known to seek out other snails – like whelks. Crown conchs are known to feed on dead organisms they encounter.

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