Horse Conch

Florida State Shell


Horse Conch

Horse Conch in Florida; photo by Trish Hartmann on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Horse Conch

Florida designated the horse conch (Pleuroploca gigantea) as the official state shell in 1969. Also known as the giant band shell, the horse conch shell can grow to a length of twenty-four inches and is native to the marine waters around Florida. The word "conch" comes from a Greek word meaning "shell."

In addition to an official seashell, Florida has several other symbols related to water: state marine mammal (manatee), saltwater mammal (dolphin), freshwater fish (largemouth bass), saltwater fish (Atlantic sailfish), and state reptile (alligator).



Florida horse conch; photo by bumpershine on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Florida horse conch


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