Lambis crocata

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Lambis crocata
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Five views of a shell of Lambis crocata
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Two views of a shell of the orange spider conch (Lambis crocata)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Stromboidea
Family: Strombidae
Genus: Lambis
Species: L. crocata
Binomial name
Lambis crocata
(Link, 1807)
  • Lambis aurantia (Lamarck, 1822)
  • Pterocera aurantia Lamarck, 1822
  • Pterocera aurantiacum Sowerby, G.B. I, 1825
  • Pterocera crocata Link, 1807 (basionym)
  • Strombus aculeatus Perry, G., 1811

Lambis crocata, commonly known as the orange spider conch, is a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Strombidae, the true conchs.[1]


The size of an adult shell varies between 70 mm and 205 mm and it is a mixture of orange and white color.


This species is found in the Indian Ocean along the coasts of Aldabra, Chagos, the Comores, Kenya, Madagascar, the Mascarene Basin, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, the Seychelles and Tanzania.


  1. ^ a b Lambis crocata (Link, 1807). WoRMS (2009). Lambis crocata (Link, 1807). Accessed through the World Register of Marine Species at on 27 June 2010.
  • Dautzenberg, Ph. (1929). Mollusques testacés marins de Madagascar. Faune des Colonies Francaises, Tome III
  • Spry, J.F. (1961). The sea shells of Dar es Salaam: Gastropods. Tanganyika Notes and Records 56
  • Walls, J.G. (1980). Conchs, tibias and harps. A survey of the molluscan families Strombidae and Harpidae. T.F.H. Publications Ltd, Hong Kong.

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