Strombidae

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==Description==
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Strombidae is a family of herbivorous, exclusively marine snails, better known as the true "conchs," in deference and reference to the common name of the type genus, ''[[Strombus]]''.  Most conchs, with the exception of, say, genus ''[[Tibia]]'', have very massive, heavy shells.  All have a long, narrow apeture, and siphonal canal, and a special indentation of the anterior outer margin of the lip to accommodate the movement of one of the eyestalks, called a "stromboid notch."  All conchs also have the operculum modified into a claw or sickle-like extension of the foot which is used to drag the animal across the seabed.  This process has been described as a "leaping motion."
==References==
==References==

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