The Scotch Bonnet Seashell

A shell of Semicassis granulatum aka Phalium g...

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The Scotch Bonnet seashell (Phalium granulatum) is a member of the helmet shell family and although some of the helmets can be quite large, the Scotch Bonnet is usually no larger than 3-4 inches.  It’s a whitish shell with rows of squarish spots that are tan or caramel colored which looks like a checker board.  The outer lip of the shell is turned up, or rolled and they live in shallow ocean water in the sand.  They can be found all along the southern U.S. on the shores from North Carolina to Texas and are the official state shell of North Carolina.

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