This conch is a food generalist, which has adapted itself ideally to its distribution area with all the animal and plant nutritional possibilities.
Because of this wide range of food, fighter conches are considered the absolute members of cleaning teams, removing all kinds of dead and rotting material and thus contributing to the health of the respective reef systems.
Much better known than Lobatus raninus is Aliger gigas, formerly known as Strombus gigas. With its 12cm Lobatus raninus looks like a miniature of the up to 30cm tall Aliger gigas.
The hawk-winged snail is currently not listed by the IUCN Red List as an endangered species, although it is a really sought-after collector's item.
The embryos of the fighter conch first develop into planktonic trochophore larva and later into juvenile veliger larva, before they grow into fully-grown adults.
We do not have any information about cleaning operations of the snail in marine tanks.
We would like to thank Timothy Cameron from the United Kingdom his permission to use his great photo, taken at Curaçao, Caribbean.
Lobatus magolecciai (Macsotay & Campos, 2001)
Strombus bituberculatus Lamarck, 1822
Strombus costosomuricatus Mörch, 1852
Strombus fetus P. Jung & Heitz, 2001 †
Strombus lobatus Swainson, 1823
Strombus magolecciai Macsotay & Campos, 2001
Strombus praeraninus Kronenberg & Dekker, 2000
Strombus quadratus Perry, 1811
Strombus raninus Gmelin, 1791
Strombus raninus nanus Bales, 1942
Strombus sulcatus Fischer von Waldheim, 1807
Strombus wilsonorum Petuch, 1994 †
Tricornis raninus (Gmelin, 1791)