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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Xenophoridae

Xenophora conchyliophora

(Born, 1780)

American Carrier Snail

Shell size to 55 mm; shell with flat straight-sided whorls and flat base, usually hidden by numerous cemented objects, usually small shells and shell fragments. Operculum horny, amber-brown. Color grayish-white or yellowish with brown streaks, animal red. Not uncommon on the beaches of SW Florida barrier islands.