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The Fine-cut Nutmeg


The Fine-cut Nutmeg, Trigonostoma tenerum (Philippi, 1848), is a close relative of the local Nutmeg (Cancellaria reticulata (Linnaeus, 1767), but, unlike this latter, is a very rare shell on local beaches, living in deeper water in the Gulf of Mexico. The Fine-cut Nutmeg is also represented in the Florida fossil record. The shell in this image was found by former Shell Museum volunteer Lois Dunnan on Sanibel in December 2003, and a second Fine-cut Nutmeg was recently found on Blind Pass by avid sheller and blogger Michael G-by-the-Sea this past Christmas Day.


The Fine-cut Nutmeg, Trigonostoma tenerum (Philippi, 1848).

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