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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.


State Shell Image Year designated
Johnstone's junonia

Scaphella junonia subspecies johnstoneae
Scaphella junonia.jpg 1990[2]
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica

Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg 1989
Florida Horse conch

Pleuroploca gigantea
Pleuroploca gigantea.jpg 1969
Georgia Knobbed whelk

Busycon carica
Busycon carica.jpg 1987
Massachusetts Wrinkled whelk, New England Neptune

Neptunea lyrata decemcostata
Neptunea lyrata shell.jpg 1987
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg 1974
New Jersey Knobbed whelk

Busycon carica
Busycon carica.jpg 1995
New York Bay scallop

Argopecten irradians
Argopecten irradians.jpg 1988
North Carolina Scotch bonnet

Semicassis granulata
Semicassis Granulata Apertural.jpg 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
Lettered olive 0015.jpg 1984
Prickly whelk

Busycon perversum subspecies pulleyi
Busycon perversum 01.JPG 1989
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg 1974

See also[edit]


  1. ^ List of all state shells
  2. ^ "Alabama Shell". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library. State of North Carolina. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 

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