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VOLUTES - AMERICAS

Some very interesting species of volua occur in the Caribbean basin. The true volutes are represented by the genuses Lyria and Voluta. All species are rather uncommon to rare, and because of their handsome proportions and exquisite patterns, are favorites among collectors. These are only ocassionally available, since trawling is now banned in many countries.

Lyria beauii Fischer & Bernardi, 1857

51.8mm. Grand Cul de Sac, Guadeloupe. -150mts.

F+/++. This unique shell came from the prestigious Favre collection. The pale dorsum has a very faint orange glaze, giving it a fantastic "golden" appearance. There is also a progression from greenish to warm orange: A really beautiful shell. It has a couple of small defects in the canal area, including a tiny fragment glued back on place. Still gem to the eye, and very rare.

Price: 280.00 usd.

Voluta polypleura cf. kotorai Petuch, 1981

87.6mm. Guajira, Colombia.

F+. Not sure of id. on this one, especially because it allegedly comes from mainland Colombia, where kotorai is not reported from. It is large and impressive. a real standout in a group of Polypleura. The canal is rough and a rather large fragment of the lip was broken and glued back in place. Still a rare item, that makes an awesome display.

Price: 80.00 usd.

V. virescens Lightfoot in Solander, 1786

92.1mm. Cartagena, Colombia.

F+. A very impressive display piece with a beautiful dorsum, from the times when trawlers working off the coast of Colombia were operative. This shell is large and heavy, the dorsal patern is just outstanding, there is no rust or mud coating as is so common in this species. It does have a trimmed lip though; hence the lower grade and price.

Price: 40.00 usd.

Scaphellas are a strange group of volutes, restricted to the Caribbean Sea, where about two dozen species have been described. They are fusiform, with tulip-like formation and soft columellar folds. The color schemes are mostly cream with brown pattern. Most are deep water species, that only rarely get recovered from the depths. Some are ultra rare and known from very few shells. The better known species are those that occur off the coast of the South Eastern USA, where trawling used to be commonplace many decades ago. Today most if not all shells that reach the market come from old collections, since all trawling activity is presently banned. These shells are usually in very rough shape, since they were handled carlessly on a ship deck. Consequently, broken lips are almost normative. 

Scaphella dohrni Sowerby III, 1903

71.2mm. Sanibel Island, Florida. USA.

Fair. This shell was trawled by Riley Black back in the 60´s. Back then this was a rare shell, that came out in pretty battered condition. Today it is extremely hard to find in any condition. This looks pretty dead, with some surface erosion, a rough lip that is unfiled, and a hole in the apex. It displays decently.

Price: 45.00 usd.

Scaphella d. kieneri Clench, 1946

142.6mm. Pensacola, Fl, USA.

F+. A classic shell, that is rarely available nowadays. This specimen is of average size. The proto is rusted, as is usual. The base is flesh colored. The highlight is the lip which is mostly perfect and outlined in brown, until it reaches the canal area where it has been abruptly trimmed. Still a very nice, and scarce.

Price: 95.00 usd.

Scaphella junonia Lamarck, 1804

101.8mm. Port Cañaveral, Florida, USA

F+. The better known member of the group. Offered here is a very pretty, globose, yet smaller sized shell, with very clear, well defined pattern of pied brown dots on banana cream background. The lip is lightly filed; a broken fragment of the siphonal canal was glued back in place. None of this is evident at first glance.

Price: 65.00 usd.