LAND SHELLS - FAVORITES
I first became interested in land shells about ten years ago, when I started trading some local specimens for my seashells, just so that I would have something else to sell. Not long after, I was hooked. As arbitrary as you know this is, I have assembled a list of the top 20 most beautiful land shells, with representatives from my drawers. Then off course, there are a few missing species that might well qualify but I don´t have them yet.
38.7mm. Manus Is. Papua New Guinea.
There is just something jading about the solid saturated chartreuse green on this species; Nothing comes even close!
50.8mm. Cagayan, Luzon. Philippines.
A very handsome, large and inflated shell. The depicted shell had the thin layer of cuticle removed to reveal the deep-magenta shell.
f. goodrichi Clench, 1934
56.2mm. Trinidad, Cuba.
With all the shells flooding the market, it is really hard to pick a shell, but this one is really the best I ever saw in terms of color.
39.1mm. Khanh Hoa. Vietnam.
An unbelievably beautiful new discovery. Colors in this species are extremely vibrant and saturated. The sutural band is usually red.
sublabeo Ancey, 1890
89.5mm. Molinopampa, Peru.
For decades, this large, rare, superb species was impossible to obtain, adding to its legendary status. Certainly among the best.
75mm. Manabí, Ecuador.
A handsomely proportionate and rather large tree snail, with a mostly discreet color, except for the flaring purple mouth.
Drymaeus expansus vanattai
36.8mm. Tarapoto, Peru.
This is a standout species among all other Drymaeus: It has a really unique lacey texture and an extremely large, purple apperture.
21mm. Baracoa. Cuba.
A green cousin of the usual cuban Polymita. The original description was based on a fully yellow shell, hence the name sulphurosa.
f. nigrolimbata Torre, 1950
28.7mm. Oriente. Cuba.
I decided to exhibit a solid cadmium yellow shell, but it was hard leaving the cherry red, orange, chartreuse, gray or black ones out.
f. superbus Fulton, 1896
23.3mm. Sabah, Malaysia.
An ultra-beautiful species, which is endemic to a very small area, and is extremely hard to obtain today.
f. viridis Schepman, 1892
34.2mm. East Sumba Island. Indonesia.
A beautiful species that is quite variable. The depicted shell is uniform turquoise blue, which is a rather uncommon form.
40.8mm. Pinar Del Río, Cuba.
One of the most stunning species of snail: with extremely contrasting orange flames on black background and white spiral ribbons.
43.6mm. Galle, Sri Lanka.
A classic Sri Lankan species. These are good sized and have a striking pattern of brown and white, with a vivid dark pink mouth.
f. sanguinolenta Torre, 1950
27.5mm. Oriente. Cuba.
Another extremely flamboyant species of this genus, which rarely exceeds an inch; so this particular specimen is a true giant.
36.1mm. El Lara, República Dominicana.
An extremely attractive species. In fact the depicted specimen does this species no justice. Green bands still present.
44.2mm. Bougainville Is. Papua New Guinea.
A very large papuina, with a quite simple, yet stunning color scheme. When live, the gloomy white shell appears almost green.