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I assume this is a Triplofusus giganteus. I found it at the now closed SMR shell pit (Schroder-Manatee Ranch’s Aggregates) near Sarasota, Florida. I was wondering if this is the Pliocene version or the Pleistocene version? Are they different subspecies? I know this isn't the best one in the world, but it's nice. My gf wants it so badly, but I told her this one stays in my collection because it's from a site that's closed forever. I'm trying to find a substitute for her to make her happy. She wanted the long spindly one and she argued with me that I had plenty of shells already when I said no! So you see what I'm up against! Lol  I have one other that would pass for this one, but of course it came from a shell pit that's been closed too! Could you help out a poor fellow fossil hunter like me? haha!

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Scale is in inches ? I don't have a gastropod with this size :unsure:

 

Coco

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Hi Coco! The common name is horse conch. Its found in the waters of the SE USA. They can grow up to 24 inches (60 cm) this one is about  25 cm.

 

Al

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If you love something , set it free.

If it comes back to you, it's yours.

If it doesn't, it never was. 

 

NOW GIVE YOUR GIRLFRIEND THE DARN SHELL!:P

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27 minutes ago, Darktooth said:

NOW GIVE YOUR GIRLFRIEND THE DARN SHELL!:P

As a old married man I gotta second this...IF YOU CARE FOR HER GIVE HER THE SHELL!

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Ok. I'll do that. It's not like horse conchs are rare. I'm putting together for her a care package with fossils and rocks. Her birthday is coming soon. I'll just put it in and surprise her. Shhhhhhh!!!

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thelivingdead531
1 hour ago, Darktooth said:

If you love something , set it free.

If it comes back to you, it's yours.

If it doesn't, it never was. 

 

NOW GIVE YOUR GIRLFRIEND THE DARN SHELL!:P

 

1 hour ago, Randyw said:

As a old married man I gotta second this...IF YOU CARE FOR HER GIVE HER THE SHELL!

Sorry guys, I have to disagree! I may be a selfish person for saying this, but my prized fossils are mine unless I choose otherwise. :P It’s one thing to share it with a spouse, but another thing to give it to a boy/girlfriend. That makes me sound like a bad person, doesn’t it? Sorry. :mellow:

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Harry Pristis

I have a few enormous gastropod shells from APAC in storage.  If you really want to replace your conch with something larger, PM me. 

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Yes, the Pliocene form is the same species that lives today, Triplofusus giganteus (Kiener, 1840).

 

Mike

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