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Found this in Southern California. I assume it is remnants of a larger shell?? Any clue would be much appreciated!
This is an operculum from Astraea undosa (also known as Megastraea undosa), a large species found from southern California through western Mexico. If you are not familiar with "operculum", it is the "door" like structure that many snails use to close the aperture of their shell when they withdraw inside. Here's a picture of the shell: The shell at the bottom has the operculum in place.
Thank you so much!!