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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The Orange Marginella

Prunum carneum (Storer, 1837) reaches 18 mm (about 0.7 inches), and has a glossy, bright-orange shell surface, with two white bands. The pigments in the living snail are very vivid, but tend to fade quickly after the animal dies. The Orange Marginella is found in shallow water off South Florida, the Florida Keys, and the Caribbean. (A large reproduction of this illustration will be in the In Focus exhibition, opening on May 29.)

The Orange Marginella, Prunum carneum, from Stock Island, Florida Keys. Photos by James F. Kelly.

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