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Blacklip Shells

Scientific Name
Description

PINCTADA MARGARITIFERA

blacklip shell

WINGED OYSTERS PEARL OYSTERS FAMILY PTERIIDAE

A large family of tropical oysters having mother-of pearl interiors. A string byssus spun by the foot attached the oysters to rocks, gorgoniah stems and wharf pilings. Pearls from the genus Pinctada are of gem quality. Family Isogomonidae has many teeth in the hinge.

Location - Indo-Pacific, 5 - 30 meters offshore

 
Brownlip Shells

Scientific Name
Description

PTERIA PENGUINE

brownlip shell

WINGED OYSTERS PEARL OYSTERS FAMILY PTERIIDAE

A large family of tropical oysters having mother-of pearl interiors. A string byssus spun by the foot attached the oysters to rocks, gorgoniah stems and wharf pilings. Pearls from the genus Pinctada are of gem quality. Family Isogomonidae has many teeth in the hinge.

Location - Indo-Pacific, Shallow Water

Syn: macroptera lamark

 
Troca Shells

Scientific Name
Description

TROCHUS MACULATOS

troca shell

CALLIOSTOMA TOPS GENUS CALLIOSTOMA

These beautiful top-shells are found around the world, and because of their curious shapes, have been placed in various subgenera or related genera, such as Maurea, Tristichtrochus and Ziziphinus. There are several hundred species. Operculum horny and circular.

Location - Indo-Pacific, reef flats, Shallow Water

Syn: granosus lamark

 
Chamber Shells

Scientific Name
Description

NAUTILUS POMPILIUS

nautilus chamber shell

CHAMBERED NAUTILUS FAMILY NAUTILUS

Once dominating the ancient seas of the world, the genus Nautilus is now limited to fewer than half a dozen living species, all found in the south-western Pacific. Dead shells float as far away as East Africa and Japan. The Animal has about 90 tentacles. The chambers are filled with gas and keeps the creature balanced in midwater.

Location - Philippines and Palau Islands, living colonies

Syn: Repertus Iredale

 
Turbo Shells

Scientific Name
Description

TURBO CANALICULATOS

turbo shell

TURBAN SHELLS FAMILY TURBINIDAE

This is a large family of top-shaped snails, usually with thick shells, an iridescent interior, and usually with a shelly operculum that seals the aperture. Several Hundred Species are known, most from tropical seas. Angaria belongs to the trochidae. Most species are vegetarians, feeding on marin algea.

Location - Florida - Brazil off shore near reefs to 10 meters

Operculum smooth, white

 
Green Shells

Scientific Name
Description

PERNA VIRIDIS

green shell

SEA MUSSELS FAMILY MYTILIDAE

The true mussels are abundant throughout the world, mainly in intertidal and shallow waters. The dark colored, thin, but strong shells have a weak hinge with a few small teeth. Most attach themselves to rocks, but several genera burrows in peat, rocks and corals. The Blue mussels is a favorite food in Europe

Location Indian Ocean to South-west Pacific, shallow water

single tooth in right valve

 
Rice Shells

Scientific Name
Description

MARGINELLA PHILIPPINARUM

rice shell

MARGINELLAS FAMILY MARGINELLIDAE

One of the most beautiful families of marin gastropods. Usually less than an inch in size, always highly polished, and with several strong teeth on the columbella. Most of the 650 species live in sand in the tropics. West Africa has the most species. Prunum, Glabell, etc. are subgenera.

Location Philippines, shallow water

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