List of U.S. state shells
This is a list of official state shells for those states of the United States that have chosen to select one as part of their state insignia. In 1965, North Carolina was the first state to designate an official state shell, the Scotch bonnet. Since then, 14 other states have designated an official state shell.
These are seashells, the shells of various marine mollusks including both gastropod and bivalves. Each one was chosen to represent a maritime state, based on the fact that the species occurs in that state and was considered suitable to represent the state, either because of the species' commercial importance as a local seafood item, or because of its beauty, rarity, exceptional size, or other features.
Scaphella junonia ssp. johnstoneae
|Massachusetts||New England Neptune
Neptunea lyrata ssp. decemcostata
|New Jersey||Knobbed whelk
Busycon carica ssp. gmelin
|New York||Bay scallop
|North Carolina||Scotch bonnet
|Oregon||Oregon hairy triton
|South Carolina||Lettered olive
Sinistrofulgur perversum ssp. pulleyi
- List of all state shells http://www.jaxshells.org/listing.htm
- "Alabama Shell". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
- "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library. State of North Carolina. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- Media related to Mollusca of the United States at Wikimedia Commons