|Lobatus gigas juvenile covered with algae & sediment at Old Sweat Bank, Florida Bay- Photo Credit: Dr. Joshua Voss|
These creatures largely inhabit seagrass beds, and are largely found at depths between 1-18 meters. A pattern has also been observed that individuals tend to inhabit deeper and deeper waters as they grow older. Queen conches are herbivorous, feeding mainly on red and green macroalgae and seagrasses. They can be found both in aggregations or solitary. These molluscs are also an important prey species for several other gastropods including the horse conch (Pleuroploca gigantea), the tulip snail (Fasciolaria tulipa), moon snails (Natica spp.), and other marine invertebrates like the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) and the spiny lobster (Panulirus argus). Almost all of these top predators were found in the Florida Bay, where a queen conch was originally spotted on this trip.
|A horse conch at the Keys Marine Laboratory, an important predator of Queen Conches - Photo Credit: Corey Corrick|
|One of the Spiny Lobsters spotted at Koch Key, FL: another predator of Queen Conches - Photo Credit: Dr. Voss|