Queen Conch Shells For Sale

Queen conch shells live up to their namesake of being majestic and regal in several different ways. These exceptionally large and heavy shells feature tons of spines, ridges and detail with a large outer lip revealing a smooth light pink interior. Many collectors, myself included, view queen conchs as the paramount of all conch shells. Their brilliant coloring and exquisite detail offer a truly amazing shell that's a wonderful addition to any collection.

Here at the Conch Castle, we make it easy to find the perfect queen conch shell of your dream. Just browse through the available queen conchs below and click on the ones you're interested in. Finding authentic queen conch shells has never been easier thanks to the ConchCastle.com!

Large Queen Pink Conch Shell 8 10 inch Repaired Harvest Hole Seashell
Large Queen Pink Conch Shell 8 10 inch Repaired Harvest Hole Seashell
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8 9 Pink Queen Conch Shell Strombidae Strombus gigas Collectible
8 9 Pink Queen Conch Shell Strombidae Strombus gigas Collectible
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SMALL QUEEN CONCH SEA SHELL
SMALL QUEEN CONCH SEA SHELL
$7.50 (3 Bids)
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Large Pink Queen 9 Conch Sea Shell Strombus Lobatus Gigas BinN
Large Pink Queen 9 Conch Sea Shell Strombus Lobatus Gigas BinN
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STUNNING NATURAL PINK QUEEN CONCH 85 NAUTICAL BEACH DECOR SEA SHELL
STUNNING NATURAL PINK QUEEN CONCH 85 NAUTICAL BEACH DECOR SEA SHELL
$12.99
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Huge Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell Strombus Lobatus gigas Large 10 X 7
Huge Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell Strombus Lobatus gigas Large 10 X 7
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Queen Conch Shell Pink 9x7x5 Sea Shell
Queen Conch Shell Pink 9x7x5 Sea Shell
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Large Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell 9x 8 BEAUTIFUL
Large Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell 9x 8 BEAUTIFUL
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Queen Conch Shell Large 95 PINK Nautical Beach Decor Strombus Lobatus Gigas
Queen Conch Shell Large 95 PINK Nautical Beach Decor Strombus Lobatus Gigas
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Pink Queen Conch Shell
Pink Queen Conch Shell
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Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell Nautical Decor 7 x 6 1lbs 6oz
Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell Nautical Decor 7 x 6 1lbs 6oz
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LARGE SEASHELL QUEEN HELMET CONCH SHELL SEA DECOR OCEAN BEACH
LARGE SEASHELL QUEEN HELMET CONCH SHELL SEA DECOR OCEAN BEACH
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Large 12 Queen Spider Conch Shell Lambis lambis 2 lb 12 oz Beach Ocean Decor
Large 12 Queen Spider Conch Shell Lambis lambis 2 lb 12 oz Beach Ocean Decor
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Beautiful Slit Back Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell Seashell 7 to 8 Inches
Beautiful Slit Back Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell Seashell 7 to 8 Inches
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Large Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell Strombus Lobatus Gigas
Large Pink Queen Conch Sea Shell Strombus Lobatus Gigas
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Queen Conch Illustration

Queen Conch Illustration

What Is The Queen Conch?

The queen conch (Lobatus gigas) is a large gastropod mollusk similar in appearance to a sea snail. Because they are in the Strombidae family, they are considered true conchs; the same of which can't be said for horse conchs. Queen conch shells are captivating with their large outer lip featuring brilliant detail and a soft pink center. Native Americans used the shells to craft various tools and weapons with.

Queen conchs posses a powerful, hooked operculum that's used to help it move around on the ocean floor. In order to move, it thrusts its operculum forward while using a foot to claw in the same direction. This gives the queen conch enough to power to move its large body and shell across the ocean floor with ease. Queen conchs are quite capable at moving and traversing through the ocean thanks to their powerful operculum.

If you were to take a peek inside a queen conch's shell, you would see two large tentacles; the larger of the two is provides the queen conch with sight, while the smaller tentacle provides the senses of smell and touch.

Queen Conch Diet and Feeding Habits

Queen conchs are herbivores, meaning they only eat plant-based matter and not other animals. Their diet consists of what's readily available in their surrounding. Some of the most common types of food consumed by them include algae, seagrass and turtle grass. Divers oftentimes find queen conchs resting in beds of seagrass where food is plentiful.

It was widely believed that queen conchs were carnivores, but this theory was laid to rest through close observation of the species. It's important to note, however, that several other species of conchs are in fact carnivores.

Interesting Queen Conch Facts

  • Queen conchs lay long strips of egg sacs on the ocean floor that can stretch to lengths of 75 feet! In total, these sacs may contain as many as 500,000 eggs.
  • By moving into deeper waters (100+ feet), queen conchs may extend their life expectancy from 7 years to 20-30 years.
  • Queen conchs have long been harvested for their meat, although overfishing has now limited their populations in certain areas.
  • Scientists believe the queen conch has inhabited the Earth for approximately 65 million years.
  • To protect themselves against predators, queen conchs bury themselves in sand during the day and come out to feed at night.
  • The average weight of a full-grown queen conch is 2-3 pounds.
  • People living in coastal regions have used queen conch shell as a tool for thousands of years.
  • On rare occasions, a queen conch may develop a pearl inside the shell.
Queen Conch Shell

Queen Conch Shell

About Queen Conch Shells

A full-grown queen conch shell is approximately 12-14 inches in length and features a large, prominent lip showcasing a soft pink center. Although they were once used as tools, queen conch shells are now prized for their unique beauty. Along with their large size and bright coloring, these specimens also feature approximately 10-12 whorls, adding even more detail to these shells. Because of their innate beauty, many collectors showcase queen conch shells as a decorative piece to their home's decor.

The size and structure of a queen conch shell is determined by several different factors, one of which is genetics. Queen conchs are likely to inherit some of the traits and characteristics of their mothers' shell. In addition to genetics, however, their diet and nutrition also plays a key role in determining their shell growth. Queen conchs that lack nutrition will likely develop smaller, weaker shells with less whorls.

Queen Conch Shell Collecting Tips

Queen conch shells are beautiful specimens that make a wonderful addition to any shell collection. Their striking pink color is a unique characteristic that's commonly associated with the species. Whether you intend on using it for decoration or simply as a collectible, chances are you'll enjoy the natural beauty of these shells.

As with any conch shell, you'll want to pay close attention to its quality. Chipped areas of shell will drastically lower the value of a queen conch shell, which can either be good or bad depending on how you look at it.

References:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/invertebrates/queenconch.htm