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What is this shell?

#2 bought this shell at a charity shop.

It's about 12cm long, and feels quite thin.

Any ideas what it might be? 

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AndyGadget6 years ago
I've done a fairly thorough hunt through HERE, doing a Google image search for any promising looking families and found nothing you could call a close match. 
The general shape does look most like one of the Conidae group but I can't find anything with that distinctive crown.
Next school trip to the Natural History Museum . . . ?
OK, I've cheated and peeked at the other site - It's a melon shell #;¬)
Kiteman (author)  AndyGadget6 years ago
Cool - #2 son says "thanks".

(Now he wants me to find a picture of a "live" example...)
Kiteman (author)  AndyGadget6 years ago
Oh, yes - there is a superficial resemblance to the bottom-left shell here.

Poisonous predators
- #2 son will be pleased.
oh..i know its a conch shell!
lemonie6 years ago

Burf would be right with Conch, as the name goes but which species...?
I found various here, but nothing that was a good match...
http://species-identification.org/

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Kiteman (author)  lemonie6 years ago
Conches are heavier, with a more pointy, knobbed shape. Like this.

Hmm... maybe it's a kind of Acteon. It has the similar coloured banding.
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lemonie Kiteman6 years ago

Conch is applied to a number of different species, you've linked a familiar one there. The aceton doesn't have the slightly-spiky crown that you've got.

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Kiteman (author)  lemonie6 years ago
That linked one was typical of the conchs on the site you found.

Let's see what others come up with...

(Oh, and I'm trying this same question on the NHM forums as well: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/thread/3318 )

lemonie Kiteman6 years ago

(can't post on your answer) - I thought as much: ion-channel-meddlers...
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/769638-overview

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Kiteman (author)  lemonie6 years ago
Good grief... natural harpooners.

rimar20006 years ago
I found a snail shell on the beach, put it in the ear and gave me a busy tone. Whenever I have bad luck!
Burf6 years ago
Its a conch shell.