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Acteon Shell (Acteon tornatilis)

Helical Shells
Large Necklace ShellCommon Whelk
Red WhelkCommon Spindle Shell
Common WinkleFlat Periwinkle
Dog WhelkNetted Dog Whelk
Sting WinkleGrey Top Shell
Painted Top ShellPurple Top Shell
Thick Top ShellTower Shell
Needle ShellCommon Wendletrap
Acteon Shell
Pelican's Foot Shell
Bivalves
CockleDog Cockle
Prickly CockleNorwegian Cockle
Pullet Carpet ShellCross-cut Carpet Shell
Banded Carpet ShellSmooth Clam
Iceland CyprinaCommon Mussel
Otter ShellSand Gaper
Blunt GaperAmerican Piddock
Blunt TellinRayed Artemis
Smooth ArtemisWarty Venus
Peppery Furrow ShellEdible Oyster
Portuguese OysterKing Scallop
Variegated ScallopHunchback Scallop
Striped VenusThick Trough Shell
Cut Trough ShellRayed Trough Shell
Banded Wedge ShellFaroe Sunset Shell
Thin TellinBaltic Tellin
Bean TellinPod Razor
Bean RazorCurved Razor
Everything Else
Bonnet ShellCommon Limpet
Black Footed LimpetChina Limpet
Slipper LimpetCommon Tusk Shell
Cowrie ShellEuropean Cowrie
Acteon Shell

Acteon shells are up to ¾ inch long, barrel shaped (sometimes called the Beer Barrel shell), dull pink or brownish. Easily recognized by the distinctive white bands on the shell, and elongated aperture, reaching over half way down the shell. Common on sandy beaches, but rather local.


Found at : Pembrey Beach