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Crown Conchs and Their Egg Capsules


Ann Reardon, who volunteers in the Museum’s Programs Department, shot this image of a couple of female Crown Conchs, Melongena corona (Gmelin, 1791), laying their flattened, purse-like egg capsules in an oyster bed. Ann shot the photo while kayaking with her husband Mike, in the back-bay waters of the Bunche Beach, I Fort Myers, Florida. (Mike is a volunteer in the Museums Collection Department.) Crown Conchs are relatively common in the bays of Southwest Florida. Their egg capsules help protect the eggs and embryos from predators and changes in the external environment, including exposure to air during extreme low tides. Read more about Southwest Florida mollusks and their shells in the Museum’s Shell Guide and Blog.