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List of U.S. state shells

This is a list of official state shells for those States of the USA that have chosen to select one as part of their state insignia.[1]

These are seashells, the shells of various marine mollusks including both gastropod and bivalves. Each one was chosen to represent a maritime state, based on the fact that the species occurs in that state and was considered suitable to represent the state, either because of the species commercial importance as a local seafood item, or because of its beauty, rarity, exceptional size, or other features.


  • Table 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


State Shell Image Year designated
Johnstone's Junonia

Scaphella junonia subspecies johnstoneae
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica

Florida Horse Conch

Pleuroploca gigantea
Georgia Knobbed Whelk

Busycon carica
Massachusetts Wrinkled Whelk, New England Neptune

Neptunea lyrata decemcostata
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
New Jersey Knobbed Whelk

Busycon carica
New York Bay Scallop

Argopecten irradians
North Carolina Scotch bonnet

Semicassis granulata
Oregon Oregon Hairy Triton

Fusitriton oregonensis
Rhode Island Northern Quahog

Mercenaria mercenaria
South Carolina Lettered Olive

Oliva sayana
Prickly Whelk

Busycon perversum subspecies pulleyi
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica

See also


  1. ^ List of all state shells
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links

  • Media related to Mollusca of the United States at Wikimedia Commons

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