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.[1] 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.

TableEdit

State Shell Image Year designated
Alabama
Johnstone's junonia

Scaphella junonia ssp. johnstoneae
  1990[2]
Connecticut
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica

  1989
Delaware Channeled whelk

Busycotypus canaliculatus
  2014[3]
Florida Horse conch

Triplofusus papillosus
  1969[4]
Georgia Knobbed whelk

Busycon carica
  1987[5]
Massachusetts New England Neptune

Neptunea lyrata ssp. decemcostata
  1987[6]
Mississippi
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
  1974[7]
New Jersey Knobbed whelk

Busycon carica ssp. gmelin
  1995[8]
New York Bay scallop

Argopecten irradians
  1988[9]
North Carolina Scotch bonnet

Semicassis granulata
  1965[10]
Oregon Oregon hairy triton

Fusitriton oregonensis
  1989[11]
Rhode Island Quahaug

Mercenaria mercenaria
  1987[12]
South Carolina Lettered olive

Oliva sayana
  1984[13]
Texas
Lightning whelk

Sinistrofulgur perversum ssp. pulleyi
  1987[14]
Virginia
Eastern oyster

Crassostrea virginica
  1974[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ List of all state shells http://www.jaxshells.org/listing.htm
  2. ^ "Alabama Shell". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  3. ^ https://delcode.delaware.gov/sessionlaws/ga147/chp215.shtml
  4. ^ https://dos.myflorida.com/florida-facts/florida-state-symbols/state-shell/
  5. ^ https://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/topics/government/article/georgia-state-symbols/georgia-state-seashell-knobbed-whelk
  6. ^ https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cismaf/mf1a.htm
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20170513055930/http://www.ms.gov/content/Pages/Symbols.aspx
  8. ^ http://hdl.handle.net/10929/50436
  9. ^ https://www.dos.ny.gov/kids_room/508/symbols2.html
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors186.html
  12. ^ https://www.ri.gov/facts/factsfigures.php
  13. ^ https://www.scstatehouse.gov/studentpage/coolstuff/animals.shtml
  14. ^ https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ref/abouttx/symbols.html
  15. ^ https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title1/chapter5/section1-510/

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