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What is this shell? Answered

#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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AndyGadget
AndyGadget

Best Answer 10 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 . . . ?

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AndyGadget
AndyGadget

Answer 10 years ago

OK, I've cheated and peeked at the other site - It's a melon shell #;¬)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

Cool - #2 son says "thanks".

(Now he wants me to find a picture of a "live" example...)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

Oh, yes - there is a superficial resemblance to the bottom-left shell here.

Poisonous predators
- #2 son will be pleased.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 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
lemonie

Answer 10 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
Kiteman

Answer 10 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 )

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

Good grief... natural harpooners.

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rimar2000
rimar2000

10 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!

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Burf
Burf

10 years ago

Its a conch shell.