Seashell Identification – Is This a Wentletrap?

Spiral seashell
Is this a Wentletrap?

I have a long, spiral shell with golden brown markings that I found along the Florida coastline. I’m not sure if it was found on the Gulf coast or on the beaches south of Daytona. I honestly don’t remember where most of my sea treasures came from, but we headed to the east coast beaches of New Smyrna and Bethune to swim, surf and boogie board throughout the summer where we’d pick up whatever appealed to us and bring the best treasures home.

I’ve also visited Sanibel Island a few times and of course found many interesting shells there as well. This one is still a bit of a mystery to me. My guide book doesn’t have a picture like it and I can’t seem to find it at the online sites either.

My best guess is that this shell is some sort of a Wentletrap. However, Wentletraps have vertical ridges along each curl of the shell and this one doesn’t so that leaves me wondering.

It’s 2 1/2 inches long as you can see in my photo, which is just about the size of Mitchell’s Wentletrap.
If you know what it is, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.

For now I’ll refer to it as a wentletrap for lack of a better name.

UPDATE: flandrumhill suggested that it is a Boring Turret Shell and I think she is correct.

The Cute, Common Nutmeg Shell

Common Nutmeg Seashells
Common Nutmeg Seashells

The Common Nutmeg sea shell is small, only 1 – 2 inches long, or slightly larger. You will find them while beachcombing along the southern U.S. coast from North Carolina to Texas and also in the waters of Brazil.
The bumpy little shell contains spiral cords crossed by ribs which give it a latticed look. It’s nicely colored with dots of orange brown color on white. The opening is lined with strong ridges where many shells have a smoother opening.

If you want a more scientific explanation, search for this shell by it’s Latin name (Cancellaria reticulata) Click here for more pictures.
I don’t have any of these shells in my collection and the photo above was sent to me by Mike at Florida Sheller, a blog page with more photos of his Florida sea shells.

Seashells by Millhill, online gifts and stationary

The Strawberry Conch Shell

Strawberry Conch

This is the only Strawberry conch shell I have and I’ve been trying to find out about it for a while now.

They can be all white outside or with marking like mine in these photos, but they all have a dark orange, red or pink inner lining with a dark brown or black border at the opening.

It is shaped a lot like a cone shell, but I don’t believe it is called a cone.  I’m not sure.

Conch is the name given to a wide range of medium and large size sea snails in the Strombidae family.

The Spiral
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