Turritella terebra (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lucky is the shell crafter who wins this raffle. Imagine all that can be created with two dozen (24) of these magnificent shells!

Commonly 5-7cm, they can can grow to 15-17cm long. Turritella terebra is a very tall elegant shell with regular spirals which are finely ridged. The color ranges from cream to chocolate brown with all shades in between. It is the largest of Family Turritellidae where most are small and seldomly collected.

Turritella terebra is herbivorous and lives on sandy and muddy areas of the intertidal zone. In the northern Philippines, they are regularly collected and marketed as food.

Although these are offered as craft shells they are of high quality and not seconds. They are from the Philippines. Donated by Richard Kent