Lobatus costatus

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Lobatus costatus
Aliger costatus colored drawing.jpg
Colored drawings of a shell of Aliger costatus from Kiener, 1843
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Order: Littorinimorpha
Family: Strombidae
Genus: Lobatus
Species: L. costatus
Binomial name
Lobatus costatus
(Gmelin, 1791)
  • Aliger costatus (Gmelin, 1791)
  • Lambis accipitrina Röding, 1798
  • Strombus accipiter Dillwyn, 1817
  • Strombus costatus Gmelin, 1791 (basionym)
  • Strombus costatus aguayoi Jaume & del Valle, 1947
  • Strombus costatus griffini Petuch, 1994
  • Strombus costatus spectabilis Verrill, 1950
  • Strombus inermis Swainson, 1822
  • Strombus integer Swainson, 1823
  • Strombus jeffersonia Van Hyning, 1945

Lobatus costatus, commonly known as the milk conch, is a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Strombidae, the true conchs.[1]


This species occurs in the Caribbean Sea; the Gulf of Mexico and the Lesser Antilles; in the Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to East Brazil.


The maximum recorded shell length is 231 mm.[2]


Minimum recorded depth is 2 m.[2] Maximum recorded depth is 55 m.[2]


  1. ^ a b Lobatus costatus (Gmelin, 1791). WoRMS (2010). Lobatus costatus (Gmelin, 1791). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.eu/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=565363 on 21 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. García. 2009. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579–699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas

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