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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Columbellidae

Aesopus stearnsii

(Tryon, 1883)

Stearns Dove Snail

Shell size up to 5 mm. Shell slender (among the most slender columbellids), whorls slightly convex, aperture length about 1/3 shell length. Sculpture of incised spiral lines. Shell cream color, fresh shells more strongly colored, usually orange-brown. Protoconch of 1.5 smooth whorls. Only one shell of this species has been collected on Sanibel-Captiva so far, the one on the photo, collected by Rebecca Mensch off West Gulf Drive on October 9, 2015.