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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The Biconic Top Turrid

Brachycythara biconica (C.B. Adams, 1850) reaches about 6 mm (about 0.25 inch). As the name implies, the shell is shaped like a double cone. The shell is sculptured with about 13–17 axial (“vertical”) ribs per whorl, and is entirely covered with interrupted micro-grooves that impart a “frosted” appearance to the shell. The shell color is cream-white, with a broad light-brown band at mid-whorl and another, narrower, just below the suture. The shell in these images was collected in 1999 by Herb Chapin.

The Biconic Mangelia, Brachycythara biconica, from Sanibel, Florida. Photos by James F. Kelly.


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