Busycon carica   (Gmelin, 1791)

knobbed whelk

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Gastropoda | Neogastropoda | Melongenidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Benthic; depth range 0 - 75 m (Ref. 83435).  Subtropical; 43°N - 27°N, 82°W - 65°W (Ref. 83435)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Atlantic Ocean: USA and Mexico. From Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Cape Canaveral, Florida (Ref. 101477) and to the northern coast of Campeche, Mexico (Ref. 101490).

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 10.0  range ? - ? cm Max length : 24.9 cm DL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83435)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum depth from Ref. 104440. Intertidal (Ref. 106829) to subtidal (Ref. 101477). Found in sand flats (Ref. 101477). Carnivorous. Forages on intertidal flats and creeks fringed by oyster reef and in subtidal channels (Ref. 106829). Preys on bivalves (Refs. 101524, 101525) such as oysters, scallops and clams (Ref. 106829). It uses the lip of its shell, synchronous with its foot, to penetrate, break off and force open the valves of its prey (Refs. 101524, 101525). Broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos emerged into miniature adults which further develop into grown adults (Ref. 833).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos emerged into miniature adults which further develop into grown adults (Ref. 833).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Bisby, F.A., M.A. Ruggiero, K.L. Wilson, M. Cachuela-Palacio, S.W. Kimani, Y.R. Roskov, A. Soulier-Perkins and J. van Hertum. 2005. (Ref. 19)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Egg development

Internet sources

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Price category (Ref. 80766)