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Identification - paul monfils - 03-26-2009

Left:  Bullmouth Helmet Shell, Cypraecassis rufa
Right: Bear Paw Clam, Hippopus hippopus
Both are common species throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region from Japan to eastern Africa.  The Cypraecassis is one of the species cameos are carved from.  The Hippopus is in the Giant Clam Family, the same family as the huge 3 to 4 foot clams you see in the movies.

Identification - petere - 03-26-2009

Can anyone identify these shells please?  I know very little about shells, these were found in a relation's house.  It would also be interesting to know where they might come from.

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