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Free Content Predation on queen conchs, Strombus gigas, in the Bahamas

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Predation data on juvenile conchs were gathered during 1980–1983 in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, including new information on the role of important predators of conchs. Juvenile conchs exhibit behavioral patterns that suggest strategies to reduce predation, such as concentrating in shallow waters out of reach of large predators, and burying during early juvenile stages (to approximately 1 year of age). Predation rate on juvenile conchs was estimated to be about 60% annually. Survival, based on tag recoveries, increases with increasing conch shell length.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 1986

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