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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

Best Answer 8 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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KitemanAndyGadget

Answer 8 years ago

Cool - #2 son says "thanks".

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

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Kitemanlemonie

Answer 8 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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lemonieKiteman

Answer 8 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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Kitemanlemonie

Answer 8 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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Kitemanlemonie

Answer 8 years ago

Good grief... natural harpooners.

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rimar2000

8 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

8 years ago

Its a conch shell.