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Hawkwing Conch - Strombus raninus - Large

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The Hawkwing Conch (Strombus raninus or Lobatus raninus) is a Caribbean snail with a thick, heavy shell. The outer edge of the shell flares out into a wide "wing" with a tip lower than the top crown of the shell. The inside of the shell is reddish and the tip by the eyestalk and siphon twists upward.

The True Conchs (Strombus, Lambis, Tibia, Terebellum, Varicospira, and Eustrombus) are algae eaters with some of the most iconic "seashell" shapes. They are usually found buried in the substrate, most often finer sand environments and may live in the open sandbed or on the reef. Some, especially Strombus and Lambis conchs, have well developed eyes that will watch the action around them. These eyes extend from under the lip of the shell and the left eye usually expends from a notch in the side of the shell.

Conchs feed on algae and detritus in the aquarium. They need a large amount of plant matter in their diet and may starve if out-competed for food or if there is not enough algae in the aquarium to support them. Since most conchs - especially larger, mature snails - have large openings, it is best not to keep them in a tank with potential predators like some fish and hermit crabs. Conchs move using their powerful foot to propel themselves. When not buried in the substrate or when threatened, they can appear to hop over the bottom.
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Common NameHawkwing Conch - Lg.
Scientific NameStrombus raninus
Temperature Range75-82
pH Range8.0-8.4
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)4.5
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico

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