Gastropoda | Neogastropoda
Poutiers, J.M. 1998. (Ref. 349)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 72.2 cm SHL male/unsexed; (Ref. 99323); common length : 60.0 cm SHL male/unsexed; (Ref. 349)
Benthic; depth range 0 - 30 m (Ref. 349)
Climate / Range
Indo-West Pacific: northern and western Australia to Irian Jaya.
Traditionally fished for its gigantic shell and edible flesh. Suffered from frequent local over collecting. Deeper populations seem to occur in the northern part of its geographical range (Ref. 349). Occurs in shallow subtidal sand flats. Feeds on sedentary polychaete worms (Ref. 349). Members of the order Neogastropoda 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)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Moderate to high vulnerability (52 of 100)