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Wondering if someone could please help me ID this shell. I would call it a spiral but I'm sure that's not what its called. Thank you.

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This is Terebra guttata. The common name of Terebra shells is "augers", and "guttata" means "spotted".  So, Terebra guttata = Spotted Auger.  <span class="petit">--Last edited by Paul Monfils on 2009-04-08 22:13:20 --</span>
In fact, Terebra guttata is often called "eyed auger", though that name is usually applied to a different species, Terebra argus ...

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This is one more example of the confusion that can result from common names, which I addressed in another post.  If someone agreed to send you an "eyed auger", it might end up being either of these species.  But if someone agreed to send you a Terebra guttata or a Terebra argus, you would know exactly what to expect.  How many species do you have in your collection?  What is your favorite family or group of shells?  <span class="petit">--Last edited by Paul Monfils on 2009-04-10 19:20:38 --</span>