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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The White-band Drillia

Shell of the Week: The White-band Drillia Pilsbryspira albocincta (C.B. Adams, 1845), is a small marine snail of the family Pseudomelatomidae: The shell in the photos measures about 13 mm (about 0.5 inch) in height. The sculpture is typical, with alternating rows of white and brown diamond-shaped knobs. This nice-looking shell has a little history: It was originally part of the great Dale Stingley Collection, was collected by Jo Bennett at Stirrup Key, a peninsula that juts out north off Marathon in the Florida Keys. In the 1970s and 1980s, Jo and husband Rusty owned a resort in Marathon that was often used by shellersduring visits to the Keys. The Bennetts moved to Fort Myers in the 1990s, and joined the group of collection volunteers shortly after the Museum opened to the public in 1995.

The White-band Drillia, Pilsbryspira albocincta, from Stirrup Key, Florida Keys. Photos by José H. Leal.


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