Identify these shells?
October 11, 2012 8:48 AM   Subscribe

Can you identify these shells?

I took this photo of some shells I bought some years ago. I think I bought them from a a shop in England, but I am not sure.

I would like to know what shells they are. Can you identify them?

Link to photo of striped shells
posted by Quillcards to Science & Nature (4 answers total)
Best answer: Zebra nerite (Neritina natalensis), I should think.
posted by pipeski at 8:56 AM on October 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I think it's a nerite of some type. The shape and striping are characteristic, but some species have quite variable patterns. Have a look through this image search, but without knowing where they were harvested it may be impossible to pin down the exact species.
posted by Quietgal at 8:58 AM on October 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Perfect - thank you both.
posted by Quillcards at 9:16 AM on October 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Once again, thank you for help in identifying the shells.

The photo I took of the shells is going to be featured in the Patterns in Nature Exhibition that is running in Edinburgh from 31st January - 7th April 2013, and which will be part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2013
posted by Quillcards at 6:41 AM on December 20, 2012

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