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Big shell but no name !
01-15-2013, 11:02 PM,
Big shell but no name !
Hi all,
I am quite new in the site and in the shell world.
I have trouble identifying few shells I have collected, strangely the biggest one  :-[
Is someone could help me with this one ?
To help, it was found in Mauritius in shallow waters.

Thanks to all

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01-16-2013, 01:28 AM,
Re: Big shell but no name !

To the best of my knowledge, it's a Strombus gigas  Wink

I hope someone can confirm my identification!

Best wishes,

01-16-2013, 01:58 AM,
Re: Big shell but no name !
P.s. A juvenile Strombus gigas.
01-16-2013, 03:12 AM,
Re: Big shell but no name !
I had to look up a map of Mauritius!  Big Grin  Strombus gigas is to the best of my knowledge a Carribean species.  I agree that this is a juvenile Strombidae, but I'm inclined to think it's one  of the Lambis species. Sorry I don't knom which ones will be found in the western Indian Ocean!

01-16-2013, 04:04 AM,
Re: Big shell but no name !
That is the anomaly. What I could search myself let me think that looks like a strombus gigas, but not found in the right ocean, so I was getting lost on what this could be.
The specimen is a bit over 260 mm. Is this could really be a gigas?
01-16-2013, 04:27 AM,
Re: Big shell but no name !
I although found similarities with Lobatus galeatus, which is also a species not from the Indian Ocean.  Ideas ?
01-17-2013, 11:38 AM,
Re: Big shell but no name !
Sorry but I can't see any photo. It would not be gigas from there, no. The only species I know from the Indian Ocean that gets that big would be Lambis truncata.

01-17-2013, 04:15 PM,
Re: Big shell but no name !
Dear Dave,
I also posted the picture in the following link for you to see :


If it is a lambis truncata, it seems to me as a very weird specimen. Do still think it can be that ?

01-19-2013, 11:20 AM,
Re: Big shell but no name !
Thanks, I can see the photos now. Definitely Lambis truncata but a sub-adult specimen. You can just make out on the lip where the spines have started to grow.
01-20-2013, 06:29 PM,
Re: Big shell but no name !
Thanks a lot Dave !

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