Conchs are a type of sea snail, and are also a popular seafood in some areas.
The term 'conch' (pronounced "konk") is used to describe over 60 species of sea snails which have a medium- to large-sized shell. In many species, the shell is elaborate and colorful. Probably the most well-known species is the queen conch, which is the image that might come to mind of a sea shell. This shell is often sold as a souvenir, and it's said you can hear the sea if you put a conch shell to your ear.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Mollusca
- Class: Gastropoda
The general term 'conch' is also applied to other taxonomic families, such as the Melongenidae, which include the melon and crown conchs.