A slow-moving, long-lived marine snail, the queen conch (Strombus gigas) inhabits seagrass beds in Caribbean and western Atlantic Ocean waters, including those around the Florida Keys. The conch’s large, pink-lipped shell is valued among shell collectors, and its meat is a dietary staple for many Caribbean cultures. The conch has become a symbol of the relaxed pace of life in the Florida Keys, where the human natives affectionately refer to themselves as "conchs."
This article provides a brief discussion of the location and
history of Queen Conch in Florida
This summary life history of queen conch (Strombus
gigas) provides information about age and growth, distribution
and migration, and feeding habits.