List of U.S. state shells

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This is a list of official state shells for States of the USA that have chosen one as part of their state insignia.[1]

These are seashells. They are the shells of various marine mollusks, gastropod and bivalves. They represent a maritime state.

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
Pleuroploca gigantea.jpg 1969
Georgia Knobbed Whelk

Busycon carica
Busycon carica.jpg 1987
Massachusetts Wrinkled Whelk

Neptunea lyrata decemcostata
Neptunea lyrata shell.jpg 1987
Mississippi
Eastern Oyster


Crassostrea virginica
1974
New Jersey Knobbed Whelk

Busycon carica
Busycon carica.jpg 1995
New York Bay Scallop

Argopecten irradians
1988
North Carolina Scotch bonnet

Semicassis granulata
1965[3]
Oregon Oregon Hairy Triton

Fusitriton oregonensis
Fusitriton oregonensis 3.jpg 1989
Rhode Island Northern Quahog

Mercenaria mercenaria
LittleNeck clams USDA96c1862.jpg 1987
South Carolina Lettered Olive

Oliva sayana
1984
Texas
Prickly Whelk

Busycon perversum subspecies pulleyi
1989
Virginia
Eastern Oyster

Crassostrea virginica
1974

References[change | change source]

  1. "List of all state shells". Archived from the original on 2007-07-31. http://www.jaxshells.org/listing.htm. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  2. "Alabama Shell". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2001-07-12. Archived from the original on 2007-08-01. http://www.archives.state.al.us/emblems/st_shell.html. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  3. "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library (State of North Carolina). Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/NC/SYMBOLS/SYMBOLS.HTM. Retrieved 2008-01-26.