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Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Shells

Gastropods I

Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2010. Photos may be used for educational purposes only. Contact me with inquiries.

Dr. Harry Lee, a nationally known malacologist, deserves much credit for this work. Thanks to him, we know the identity of many of the shells of Sunset Beach, NC. Information on how to find these shells in seaweed and sea drift from the eastern point of Sunset Beach is at: http://www.okeefes.org/Barrier_Islands/Sunset_Beach/Shells/Sunset_Beach_Shells.htm

Black lines on ruler visible in some images depict milimeters. Not all species have been photographed.

Diodora cayenensis
Diodora cayenensis
95. Diodora cayenensis (Lamarck, 1822) Cayenne Keyhole Limpet
 
   
96. Turbo castanea Gmelin, 1791 Chestnut Turban
   
Calliostoma euglyptum
Calliostoma euglyptum
97. Calliostoma euglyptum (A. Adams, 1855) Sculptured Topsnail
 
98. Skenea sp. aff. smithfieldensis (Olsson, 1916)
 
Litiopa melanostoma
 
Litiopa melanostoma
Litiopa melanostoma
99. Litiopa melanostoma Rang, 1829 Sargassum Snail
 
100. Cerithium muscarum Say, 1832 Fly-specked Cerith
 
Cerithium atratum
Cerithium atratum
101. Cerithium atratum (Born, 1778) Dark Cerith
 
Vermicularia knorrii
102. Vermicularia knorrii (Deshayes, 1843) Florida Wormsnail
 
103. Vermicularia spirata (Philippi, 1836) West Indian Wormsnail
 
Echinolittorina interrupta
Echinolittorina interrupta
104. Echinolittorina interrupta (Philippi, 1856) Interrupted Periwinkle
 
Littoraria irrorata
   
Littoraria irrorata
Littoraria irrorata
105. Littoraria irrorata (Say, 1822) Marsh Periwinkle
 
106. Amnicola species
 
107. Littoridinops tenuipes (Couper, 1844) Henscomb Hydrobe
 
108. Assiminea succinea (L. Pfeiffer, 1840) Atlantic Assiminea
 
109. Circulus texanus (D. Moore, 1965) Texas Vitrinella
 
Cyclostremiscus pentagonalis
110. Cyclostremiscus pentagonalis (Gabb, 1873) Trilix Vitrinella
 
Episcynia inornata
111. Episcynia inornata (d’Orbigny, 1842) Fringed Vitrinella
 
Teinostoma obtectum
Teinostoma obtectum
112.Teinostoma obtectum Pilsbry and McGinty, 1945 Glossy Vitrinella
 
113. Vitrinella helicoidea C. B. Adams, 1850 Helix Vitrinella
 
114. Caecum antillarum Carpenter, 1857 Antillean Caecum
 
115. Meioceras nitidum (Stimpson, 1851) Little Horn Caecum
 
Bostrycapulus aculeatus
116. Bostrycapulus aculeatus (Gmelin, 1791) Spiny Slippersnail
Calyptraea centralis
Calyptraea centralis
117. Calyptraea centralis (Conrad, 1841) Circular Chinese-hat
 
Crepidula convexa
Crepidula convexa
   
Crepidula convexa
Crepidula convexa
   
Crepidula convexa
Crepidula convexa
118. Crepidula convexa Say, 1822 Convex Slippersnail
 
Crepidula fornicata
119. Crepidula fornicata (Linnaeus, 1758) Slipper Limpet
 
Crepidula plana
Crepidula plana
 
Crepidula plana
120. Crepidula plana Say, 1822 Eastern White Slippersnail
   
Neverita duplicata
Neverita duplicata
   
Neverita duplicata
Neverita duplicata
 
operculum
egg collar
 
121. Neverita duplicata (Say, 1822) Shark Eye, operculum and egg collar
 
122. Sigatica carolinensis (Dall, 1889) Carolina Moonsnail
 
Sigatica semisulcata
Sigatica semisulcata
123. Sigatica semisulcata (Gray, 1839) Semisulcate Moonsnail
 
Sinum perspectivum
Sinum perspectivum
124. Sinum perspectivum (Say, 1831) White Baby Ear
 
Tectonatica pusilla
Tectonatica pusilla
125. Tectonatica pusilla (Say, 1822) Miniature Moonsnail (2)
 
Semicassis granulata granulata
126. Semicassis granulata granulata (Born, 1778) Scotch Bonnet
 
Seila adamsii
127. Seila adamsii (H. C. Lea, 1845) Adams’ Miniature Cerith
 
Melanella hypsela
Melanella hypsela
128. Melanella hypsela (A. E. Verrill and Bush, 1900) Sharp Eulima
 
Epitonium angulatum
Epitonium angulatum
129. Epitonium angulatum (Say, 1831) Angulate Wentletrap (6)
 
Epitonium apiculatum
130. Epitonium apiculatum (Dall, 1889) Semismooth Wentletrap
 
Epitonium cf. albidum
131. Epitonium cf. albidum (d’Orbigny, 1842) cf. Bladed Wentletrap
 
Epitonium foliaceicosta
Epitonium foliaceicosta
132. Epitonium foliaceicosta (d'Orbigny, 1842) Wrinkled-rib Wentletrap
 
Epitonium humphreysii
Epitonium humphreysii
133. Epitonium humphreysii (Kiener, 1838) Humphrey’s Wentletrap
 
Epitonium multistriatum
Epitonium multistriatum
134. Epitonium multistriatum (Say, 1826) Many-ribbed Wentletrap
 
Epitonium novangliae
135. Epitonium novangliae (Couthouy, 1838) New England Wentletrap
 
136. Epitonium occidentale (Nyst, 1871) Fine-ribbed Wentletrap
 
Epitonium rupicola
137. Epitonium rupicola (Kurtz, 1860) Brown-band Wentletrap
 
Eupleura caudata
Eupleura caudata
138. Eupleura caudata (Say, 1822) Thick-lip Drill
 
Hexaplex fulvescens
Hexaplex fulvescens
Hexaplex fulvescens
139. Hexaplex fulvescens (G. B. Sowerby II, 1834) Giant Eastern Murex
 
Stramonita haemastoma floridana
Stramonita haemastoma floridana
140. Stramonita haemastoma floridana (Conrad, 1837) Florida Rocksnail
 
Atlantic oyster drill
Urosalpinx cinerea
141. Urosalpinx cinerea (Say, 1822) Atlantic Oyster Drill
 
Gemophos tinctus
Gemophos tinctus
142. Gemophos tinctus (Conrad, 1846) Tinted Cantharus
 
143. Hesperisternia multangula (Philippi, 1848) Ribbed Cantharus
 
Busycon carica
Busycon carica
144. Busycon carica (Gmelin, 1791) Knobbed Whelk
 
Busycon sinistrum
145. Busycon sinistrum Hollister, 1958 Lightning Whelk
 
Channeled Whelk
Busycotypus canaliculatus
146. Busycotypus canaliculatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Channeled Whelk (2)
 
Busycotypus spiratus
 
Busycotypus spiratus
Busycotypus spiratus
147. Busycotypus spiratus (Lamarck, 1818) Pear Whelks, juveniles above
 
Ilyanassa obsoleta
Ilyanassa obsoleta
148. Ilyanassa obsoleta (Say, 1822) Eastern Mudsnail
 
Ilyanassa trivittata
Ilyanassa trivittata
149. Ilyanassa trivittata (Say, 1822) Three-line Mudsnail (2)
 
Nassarius acutus
Nassarius acutus
150. Nassarius acutus (Say, 1822) Sharp Nassa
 
Nassarius albus
151. Nassarius albus (Say, 1826) White Nassa
 
152. Nassarius vibex (Say, 1822) Bruised Nassa
 
Fasciolaria hunteria
Fasciolaria hunteria
153. Fasciolaria hunteria (G. Perry, 1811) Eastern Banded Tulip
 
Fasciolaria tulipa
 
Fasciolaria tulipa
Fasciolaria tulipa
154. Fasciolaria tulipa (Linnaeus, 1758) True Tulip
 
Triplofusus giganteus
Triplofusus giganteus
155. Triplofusus giganteus (Kiener, 1840) Horse Conch
 
Astyris lunata
Astyris lunata
156. Astyris lunata (Say, 1826) Lunar Dovesnail -- melanistic variant on left
 
Columbella mercatoria
Columbella mercatoria
157. Columbella mercatoria (Linnaeus, 1758) West Indian Dovesnail
 
Costoanachis avara
Costoanachis avara
158. Costoanachis avara (Say, 1822) Greedy Dovesnail
 
Costoanachis sertulariarum
Costoanachis sertulariarum
   
Costoanachis sertulariarum
Costoanachis sertulariarum
159. Costoanachis sertulariarum (d'Orbigny, 1841) Florida Dovesnail
 
Costoanachis translirata
   
Costoanachis translirata
Well-ribbed Dovesnail
160. Costoanachis translirata (Ravenel, 1861) Well-ribbed Dovesnail
 
Parvanachis obesa
Parvanachis obesa
161. Parvanachis obesa (C. B. Adams, 1845) Fat Dovesnail
 
Suturoglypta iontha
162. Suturoglypta iontha (Ravenel, 1861) Lineate Dovesnail
Updated April 22, 2010