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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.

Contents

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

Table

State Shell Image Year designated
Alabama
Johnstone's Junonia

Scaphella junonia subspecies johnstoneae
1990[2]
Connecticut
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica

1989
Florida Horse Conch

Pleuroploca gigantea
1969
Georgia Knobbed Whelk

Busycon carica
1987
Massachusetts Wrinkled Whelk, New England Neptune

Neptunea lyrata decemcostata
1987
Mississippi
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
1974
New Jersey Knobbed Whelk

Busycon carica
1995
New York Bay Scallop

Argopecten irradians
1988
North Carolina Scotch bonnet

Semicassis granulata
1965[3]
Oregon Oregon Hairy Triton

Fusitriton oregonensis
1989
Rhode Island Northern Quahog

Mercenaria mercenaria
1987
South Carolina Lettered Olive

Oliva sayana
1984
Texas
Prickly Whelk

Busycon perversum subspecies pulleyi
1989
Virginia
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
1974

See also

References

  1. ^ List of all state shells http://www.jaxshells.org/listing.htm
  2. ^
  3. ^

External links

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


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