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Florida crown conch

(Melongena corona)

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Description

Melongena corona, common name the Florida crown conch, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Melongenidae, the crown conches and their allies. The shell of this species is extremely variable in terms of the degree of spiny ornamentation. Some shells are much smoother than others. These snails can be as large as about 5 in (12 cm) long, and are mostly dark brown with irregular bands of white or cream. There are small spines on the largest whorl of the smoother forms,; the most spiny forms have several rows of spines. The aperture of the shell can be closed at will with an operculum. This snail is a predator; it eats other mollusks, including scallops. Melongena is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Melongenidae, the crown conches and their allies.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Gastropoda
Order:Neogastropoda
Family:Melongenidae
Genus:Melongena
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