Hello Dr. Chaney and Dr. Geiger,
I recently procured two scaphopod shells from the nature exchange. I plan to gift them to my brother, who inherited an extensive shell collection from a relative. Unfortunately, there was no additional information about their taxonomy or provinance. I was wondering if either of you could provide me with some information, possibly even a cursory identification of family or genus.
This looks like Picodentalium vernedei (Hanley in G. B. Sowerby II, 1860) from Asia.
Curator of Malacology Daniel L. Geiger, Ph.D., and Howard/Berry Chair of Malacology Henry W. Chaney, Ph.D.
Thanks so much. What were the distinguishing characteristics?
Size (pretty large for a scaphopod), wide longitudinal striations, degree of curvature, width ratio of anterior and posterior end, brownish coloration.
Wow. All I noticed was the size and color. So many other attributes to consider if you know what to look for. Thanks!