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Unidentified shell from Indian Ocean - tjearly - 10-31-2009

Struggling to identify this shell my Dad found in the waters off Oman. Any ideas?


<img src="http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/3714/shell1.jpg" alt="http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/3714/shell1.jpg" style="border:0" />
<img src="http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/2236/shell2o.jpg" alt="http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/2236/shell2o.jpg" style="border:0" />
<img src="http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/2662/shell3.jpg" alt="http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/2662/shell3.jpg" style="border:0" />
<img src="http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/6115/shell4.jpg" alt="http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/6115/shell4.jpg" style="border:0" />


Unidentified shell from Indian Ocean - paul monfils - 10-31-2009

This is Tutufa bardeyi, an uncommon member of the family Bursidae, found only in the northern Indian Ocean, usually from Oman to Somalia.  It is also the largest species of Bursidae.


Unidentified shell from Indian Ocean - tjearly - 10-31-2009

Thanks!


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