The Scotch Bonnet Seashell

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.  […]

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Classifying Seashells

I am not in love with science.  I call my shells by their common names and pay little attention to the Latin names and don’t really care which “family” they belong to, but I realize that some people might. So this is my attempt to explain the classification of seashells, beginning with the “Class”. The […]

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The Alphabet Cone Shell

Cone shells are fairly small shells that are shaped like – can you imagine? – a cone.  Think of a pointed ice cream cone – a sugar cone – without an opening for the ice cream.  Instead you will see a tight, fairly flattened spiral. They can be found all along the coast of Florida […]

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The Red Abalone

Abalones live where the rocks are, near shore or sometimes in quite deep water, and move around on a large, muscular foot.  This is the best reason I can think of for not finding them in Florida – not many rocks.  I’ve never seen one here, nor are they mentioned in my seashell ID book. […]

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