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Lambis lambis   (Linnaeus, 1758)

common spider conch

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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Gastropoda | Neotaenioglossa | Strombidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Poutiers, J.M. 1998. (Ref. 349)

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 29.0 cm SHL male/unsexed; (Ref. 349); common length : 18.0 cm SHL male/unsexed; (Ref. 349)


Benthic; depth range 0 - 24 m (Ref. 349)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 29°N - 29°S, 33°E - 126°W

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific: from East Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, east to southeast Asia and Australia, as far east to French Polynesia and north to Japan. Subtropical and tropical.

Short description

Sexual dimorphism pronounced. Shell of the males usually smaller and with shorter digitations on the outer lip.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Often collected for food by coastal populations, and the shell used in shellcraft (Ref. 349). Maximum depth from Ref. 106336. Occurs at the low tide mark (Ref. 349). Intertidal and found on subtidal reef and seagrass (Ref. 98588). Found on sand, weeds near corals (Ref. 799), and muddy areas (Ref. 97553). Shallowly burrows in sand or gravel. Grazes on animal matter in the mud. Also predominantly feeds on sand grains, polychaetes, bivalves and small crustaceans (Ref. 97553). Members of the order Neotaenioglossa are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults (Ref. 833).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)


CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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More information

Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (19 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)