Links to shell-related sites
Let's Talk Seashells.
This is probably the best website on this list. Marlo Krisberg
carefully studies the shells of Florida and shows their unique characteristics,
comparing them with similar species. There are also many talk threads about a
variety of topics you can peruse or add to. Photographs are outstanding and the
scholarship is too.
By the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. A
searchable database of Western Atlantic shells. You can find the latest
thought about the Genus and Species of a shell, who named it and when,
its size and geographical range, and any other names it has been given.
An illustrated glossary of malacological terms. Are you confused
by a term in a description of a shell? Need a term to describe a shell? Good site
for answers by a working malacologist.
Plastic boxes and foam inserts, small zip bags (under
"Other Products". This site is hard to navigate but quality is great. Plastic box
sizes list has poor organization - just have to look through the whole
list to find the size you want.
Items such as black lights, forceps, gelatin capsules, Vernier
calipers, and vials and lots more. Index begins on page 200.
White Pine Oil, which dissolves the animal in shells.
Expensive and hazardous, this is one of the few sites that carries it.
Scuba diving and snorkeling equipment. I always recommend that
people new to snorkeling go to a dive shop to purchase a mask so it can be fitted
to your face; for those who know what kind of mask they want or for any other
equipment, this site has good prices and equipment.
Stanley's Custom Eyewear
Prescription lenses in your mask. You can send Stanley your
own mask or purchase one from him. He'll need your prescription and can adapt
it for underwater vision. Allow a couple of weeks for completion.
Believe me, it makes a big difference!
Books and DVDs
MdM Shells & Books
All the quality new books about shells plus some used books.
Bob Janowsky has been in the business for many years.
Natural History books, including many shell books. A great
inventory of used and antiquarian books. Based in Europe.
The Secret Lives of Seashells
DVDs of living seashells with narration. Excellent for
teachers (a teacher's guide is available) and shell clubs. Very affordable.
Author Joyce Matthys lives in Oregon and winters on Sanibel, Florida.
Conchologists of America
An international group that holds annual conventions in
summer and has an outstanding quarterly magazine. It also hosts Conch-L, a
user group for shell collectors, from amateur to professional. You can ask
any question about shells and you'll be answered.
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
On Sanibel Island, west coast of florida. Among other items of
interest, there is a searchable, illustrated database of West Florida shells.
U. S. Shell Clubs
Sarasota Shell Club
My home shell club.
Jacksonville (FL) Shell Club
A great site. Lots of information about marine, land and
freshwater shells, photos of shells, including living shells.
Astronaut Trail Shell Club
On Florida's (northeast) Space Coast.
Broward Shell Club
Broward County, Florida (Ft. Lauderdale area).
Gulf Coast Shell Club
On Florida's Panhandle (based in Panama City). Some
photos of shells and a list of shells of the area. The club sells a book they have
produced on NW Florida shells.
Marco Island Shell Club
Marco Island, Florida (West Coast).
Sanibel Captiva Shell Club
Florida West Coast.
St. Pete Shell Club
St Petersburg, Florida (West Coast). Some articles on shell
Clearwater, Florida (West Coast).
Houston (TX) Conchology Society
Jersey Cape Shell Club
North Carolina Shell Club
Offers tips for shelling in North Carolina.
Philadelphia Shell Club
Pacific Northwest Shell Club
Based in Seattle, Washington. Website includes many articles
and an illustrated list of northwest shells and marine life.
San Diego (CA) Shell Club
Guam Shell Club
Website includes many articles
and illustrations of shells and marine life.
Cen Penn Beachcombers
Based in Susquehanna Valley region of Pennsylvania.
Boston Malacological Club
Website includes some articles.
Shell Dealers I know and trust. (Note: I mostly purchase shells from the Americas,
so this list lacks dealers from other areas of the world!)
You might have to create an account to see prices and order.
A company based in Brazil. Accurate identifications.
site also has numerous photos of shells not for sale and articles about
shell collecting. Marcus and Jose Coltro.
World Wide Conchology
Excellent shells, marine and many land shells. Also
a lot of information on the hobby of shell collecting. Richard Goldberg.
Sanibel Seashell Industries
A wide selection from specimen shells to craft shells and
supplies. Larry Strange and family.
The Shell Store
Based in St Pete Beach, FL, one of the oldest shell companies
still around! Specimen shells, craft shells and supplies. Some detailed instructions
for making shell crafts including Christmas ornaments. Bob Lipe and family.
A company based in Argentina. Accurate identifications.
Many shells not available from other dealers, mostly from Argentina, Chile, Peru,
etc. Very reasonable prices. Andres Bonard.
A company based in Brazil. Mario Andrade Lima.