Identifying Your Seashells, Where to Start?

How to identify the seashell you collect.

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Seashell Identification: About the Florida Crown Conch

The Crown Conch (Melongena corona) seashell, sometimes called a King’s Crown , is one I see often when out on the islands beach-combing.  Because of it’s distinctive pointy spikes around the outer swirls of the shell, I can easily recognize it. It’s a pretty shell with horizontal brown, reddish or gray, and off-white stripes on the…

Seashell Identification – Common Atlantic Shells

We always called this long thin shell (pictured on top of two *Pen Shells) a “fingernail”. The correct name for it is a Jackknife Clam. I believe this one might be the “Minor Jackknife Clam” since it was found in Florida and the Atlantic Jackknife Clam is larger and common in New England where it…

Ridges on the Olive Shell

The animal that lives inside the Olive Shell (family Olividae), has a powerful “foot” that helps it burrow down into the sand and hide in order to grab it’s pray as it passes by. They feed on bivalves (mostly shells with 2 halves) and crabs. I took this close up photo to show the distinct ridges at…

The Trochus Shell’s Unusual Shape

The trocus, or trochus, (I’ve seen it spelled both ways) is a saltwater snail. I only have one of these shells, but it is very unique both in it’s coloring and shape. The top is silvery gray with red stripes covering the band at the bottom. In fact they are commonly referred to as “top snails”…