List of U.S. state shells

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This is a list of official state shells for those states of the United States 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[edit]

State Shell Image Year designated
Alabama
Johnstone's junonia

Scaphella junonia ssp. johnstoneae
Scaphella junonia.jpg 1990[2]
Connecticut
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica

Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg 1989
Delaware Channeled whelk

Busycotypus canaliculatus
Thechanneledwhelkshell.png 2014[3]
Florida Horse conch

Triplofusus papillosus
Pleuroploca gigantea.jpg 1969[4]
Georgia Knobbed whelk

Busycon carica
Busycon carica.jpg 1987[5]
Massachusetts New England Neptune

Neptunea lyrata ssp. decemcostata
Neptunea lyrata shell.jpg 1987[6]
Mississippi
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg 1974[7]
New Jersey Knobbed whelk

Busycon carica ssp. gmelin
Busycon carica.jpg 1995[8]
New York Bay scallop

Argopecten irradians
Argopecten irradians.jpg 1988[9]
North Carolina Scotch bonnet

Semicassis granulata
Semicassis Granulata Apertural.jpg 1965[10]
Oregon Oregon hairy triton

Fusitriton oregonensis
Fusitriton oregonensis 3.jpg 1989[11]
Rhode Island Quahaug

Mercenaria mercenaria
LittleNeck clams USDA96c1862.jpg 1987[12]
South Carolina Lettered olive

Oliva sayana
Lettered olive 0015.jpg 1984[13]
Texas
Lightning whelk

Sinistrofulgur perversum ssp. pulleyi
Busycon perversum 01.JPG 1987[14]
Virginia
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg 1974[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of all state shells http://www.jaxshells.org/listing.htm
  2. ^ "Alabama Shell". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  3. ^ https://delcode.delaware.gov/sessionlaws/ga147/chp215.shtml
  4. ^ https://dos.myflorida.com/florida-facts/florida-state-symbols/state-shell/
  5. ^ https://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/topics/government/article/georgia-state-symbols/georgia-state-seashell-knobbed-whelk
  6. ^ https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cismaf/mf1a.htm
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20170513055930/http://www.ms.gov/content/Pages/Symbols.aspx
  8. ^ http://hdl.handle.net/10929/50436
  9. ^ https://www.dos.ny.gov/kids_room/508/symbols2.html
  10. ^ "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library. State of North Carolina. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-01-26. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  11. ^ https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors186.html
  12. ^ https://www.ri.gov/facts/factsfigures.php
  13. ^ https://www.scstatehouse.gov/studentpage/coolstuff/animals.shtml
  14. ^ https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ref/abouttx/symbols.html
  15. ^ https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title1/chapter5/section1-510/

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