Top Seashells

Top Seashells
Family: Trochidae. This family includes around 180 species found throughout the world. Tops vary in size and color, but all have a pyramidal shape. They are found in tidal rock pools as well as deep ocean depths and feed on seaweed and sponges. Top shells, like many mollusks, produce a flat, thin, circular trap door or operculum, which is often translucent or black. The trap door grows at the end of the muscular foot, providing protection for the mollusk as it withdraws inside the shell. Interesting Facts: Female top snails are larger than males. The animal is a popular source of food in some areas of the world. The commercial trochus shell (Trochus niloticus) is used to make pearlized buttons for clothing sold throughout the world and is one of the leading industries in the Philippine Islands.

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Christmas Tree Top Seashells Trochus radiatus. This seashell is common to the Indo-Pacific region on coral reefs. Also known as the radiate top. Measures approx 1". Available natural or pearlized. Natural pictured left $0.29 More information about this seashell item
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Trochus Pearlized 1.5" - 2" Measures approx. 1.5-2". $1.79 More information about this seashell item
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Green Trochus Polished Polished. Measures approx. 2-3". $1.99 More information about this seashell item
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Tectus Stellatus (top shell) Measures approx 1.5". $0.79 More information about this seashell item
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Strawberry Trochus Polished Clanculus puniceus. This seashell is common to East Africa (Zanzibar) near reefs to 5 meters. Measures approx. 2"-2.5" $1.49 More information about this seashell item
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Spiral Cut Green Top Measures approx 2.5"-3". $2.99 More information about this seashell item
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Green Top Sea Shells Tectus pyramis. This seashell is found in the Indo-Pacific region near shallow reefs. Also known as the pyramid top. Measures approx 2". Available polished or with side cut to reveal inner chambers. $1.79 More information about this seashell item
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Polished Silver Top Sea Shells This is a pearlized version of the commercial top. Its outer sea shell has been polished off to reveal the iridescent pearlized interior. Measures approx 2"-2. 5". $2.99 More information about this seashell item
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Spiral Cut Silver Top Seashells Measures 2.5" - 3". $3.49 More information about this seashell item
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Commercial Top Sea Shells Trochus niloticus. This seashell is found in the Indo-Pacific region on reefs to 20 meters. The sea shell is popular for use in making buttons found on dress and casual shirts. Measures approx 2"-2. 5". $1.49 More information about this seashell item
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Strawberry Top sea shells Please Note: Colors viewed on your computer may vary slightly from actual shown. Measures 5/8"-3/4". $0.99 More information about this seashell item
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