Grouped here is a set of shells from very different and biologically distant families. They were selected because of their beauty, to further to illustrate the variety of shapes and colors present in marine gastropods.
30.2mm. Masirah Island, Oman.
Arguably the most spectacular in its family, an edemic to Masirah and now very rare.
Van der Hoven, 1839
51.4mm. Cebu, Philippines.
Thin and light like paper, and superbly colored with black bands on creamy surface.
28.5mm. Pedro Gonzales Island, Panama.
A magnificent giant of this spectacular shell, which is among the most beautiful species.
17-20mm. Bohol Island. Philippines.
Almost as variable as it is beautiful. This species is also locally abundant.
Tympanotonus radula Linne, 1758
Radula is a form of T. fuscatus; a brackish water species, that inhabits mud in mangrove swamps and estuaries in West Africa. The common form lacks the long tooth-like spikes.
Perotrochus teramachii Kuroda, 1955
109mm. East China Sea.
A member of the slit shell family; these are all archaic, deep-sea gastropods. This gorgeous, deep-tangerine opalescent specimen belongs to what is possibly the most common species.
Architectonica perspectiva Linne, 1758
58.7mm. Mactan, Philippines.
A common species, and definately an extremely beautiful one. The live animal is striped just like its shell. Pictured here is an average sized specimen, superb in terms of quality and color.