The Strombs or True conchs are a large and diverse family, often with beautiful shells not only in colour but also structure which makes them very collectable. Some of the most massive shells are produced by snails of this family, namely Lobatus gigas and goliath which produces huge shells over a foot long and weights more than 2~3 kilos! Many are eaten as food or delicacies. I myself have eaten numerous species and all of them taste really good. Many species can be identified into this family with the “stromboid notch” in which their eye stalks protrude from and have specialize operculum that enables them to “jump” to escape predators (probably because they taste so good!) they even use this operculum to “stab” potential predators when they get caught. I have experience this especially with active species like the Laevistrombus turturella when picked up. This family also produces many hybrids especially the lambis sub-genus that has clear characteristics of both parent species. In my opinion, it is a great family to start a collection from or to specialize as there are many species with a variety of size, shape and colour, most species are easily available at quality, inexpensive and interesting.

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Barneystrombus boholensis
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Barneystrombus boholensis

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Canarium labiatum (Samar Conch)
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Canarium labiatum (Samar Conch)

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Canarium urceus urceus (Little bear conch)
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Canarium urceus urceus (Little bear conch)

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Canarium urceus ustulatum (Black lip conch)
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Canarium urceus ustulatum (Black lip conch)

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Canarium mutabile zebriolatus
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Canarium mutabile zebriolatus

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Conomurex luhuanus (Strawberry conch)
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Conomurex luhuanus (Strawberry conch)

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Conomurex persicus (Persian conch)
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Conomurex persicus (Persian conch)

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Dolomena labiosa (Thick-lipped conch)
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Dolomena labiosa (Thick-lipped conch)

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Dolomena plicata sibbaldi (Sibbald's conch)
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Dolomena plicata sibbaldi (Sibbald's conch)

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Dolomena swainsoni (Swainson's Conch)
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Dolomena swainsoni (Swainson's Conch)

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Dolomena variabilis athenia
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Dolomena variabilis athenia

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Dolomena variabilis (Variable conch)
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Dolomena variabilis (Variable conch)

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Doxander campbelli (Campbell's conch)
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Doxander campbelli (Campbell's conch)

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Doxander vittatus (Vitate conch)
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Doxander vittatus (Vitate conch)

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Euprotomus aurora
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Euprotomus aurora

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Euprotomus bulla (Bubble Conch)
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Euprotomus bulla (Bubble Conch)

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Euprotomus iredalei (Iredale's conch)
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Euprotomus iredalei (Iredale's conch)

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Gibberulus gibbosus (Humped conch)
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Gibberulus gibbosus (Humped conch)

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Labiostrombus epidromis (Swan conch)
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Labiostrombus epidromis (Swan conch)

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Laevistrombus canarium (Dog conch)
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Laevistrombus canarium (Dog conch)

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Laevistrombus turturella
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Laevistrombus turturella

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Laevistrombus vanikorensis
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Laevistrombus vanikorensis

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Lentigo pipus (Butterfly conch)
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Lentigo pipus (Butterfly conch)

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Lobatus costatus (Milk conch)
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Lobatus costatus (Milk conch)

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Lobatus galeatus (Eastern Pacific giant conch)
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Lobatus galeatus (Eastern Pacific giant conch)

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Lobatus gallus (Rooster-tail conch)
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Lobatus gallus (Rooster-tail conch)

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Lobatus gigas (Queen conch)
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Lobatus gigas (Queen conch)

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Lobatus goliath (Goliath conch)
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Lobatus goliath (Goliath conch)

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Lobatus raninus (Hawk-wing conch)
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Lobatus raninus (Hawk-wing conch)

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Margistrombus marginatus marginatus (Marginate conch)
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Margistrombus marginatus marginatus (Marginate conch)

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Mirabilistrombus listeri (Lister's conch)
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Mirabilistrombus listeri (Lister's conch)

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Persististrombus granulatus (Granulated conch)
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Persististrombus granulatus (Granulated conch)

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Persististrombus latus (Bubonian conch)
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Persististrombus latus (Bubonian conch)

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Sinustrombus latissimus (Broad pacific conch)
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Sinustrombus latissimus (Broad pacific conch)

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Sinustrombus sinuatus (Laciniate conch)
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Sinustrombus sinuatus (Laciniate conch)

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Sinustrombus taurus (Bull Conch)
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Sinustrombus taurus (Bull Conch)

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Strombus pugilis (West Indian Fighting Conch)
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Strombus pugilis (West Indian Fighting Conch)

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Strombus pugilis worki
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Strombus pugilis worki

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Terestrombus fragilis (Fragile conch)
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Terestrombus fragilis (Fragile conch)

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Terestrombus terebellatus (Little auger conch)
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Terestrombus terebellatus (Little auger conch)

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Tricornis tricornis (Three-knobbed Conch)
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Tricornis tricornis (Three-knobbed Conch)

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Tridentarius dentatus (Toothed conch)
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Tridentarius dentatus (Toothed conch)

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