Family: tonnidae, subfamily, cassinae. This is a large family. The term Bonnet Shells applies to certain shells with a more rounded shape. The Scotch Bonnet is a popular shell in this category. They are predators that search for food on sandy stretches of the ocean floor, particularly to seek sand dollars, sea urchins and sea biscuits. Interesting Fact:The Scotch Bonnet (Semicassis granulata) has been designated as the official State Shell of North Carolina.
Checkerboard Bonnet Seashells Phalium areola. This smaller bonnet features a smooth white base with clear and defined brown checkerboards. This seashell is common to Eastern Africa to Melanesia and Samoa. Found offshore on sandy mud. Measures approx 1. 5".
Sliced Gray Bonnet This Gray Bonnet has been carefully sliced to show what's inside! Measures 3"-4" in size.
Grey Bonnet Seashells phalium glaucum. This sturdy, but thin sea shell features a smooth, pale exterior with light brown checkerboards. The aperture features light orange coloring. This seashell is common to the Indo-Pacific region. Found on sand in inter-tidal waters. Measures approx 2". Also great for hermit Crabs, the hermit crab opening measures approx. 1.5" in diameter.