Sea Shell Guide

Common Spindle Shell (Colus gracilis)

Helical Shells
Large Necklace ShellCommon Whelk
Red Whelk
Common 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 ShellPelican'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
Slipper LimpetCommon Tusk Shell
Cowrie ShellEuropean Cowrie
Common Spindle Shell

The Spindle Shell is usually narrower than whelks, and white in colour. Up to 2¾ inches in height and 1¼ inches wide. The siphonal canal bends sharply to the right (if held with the aperture to the top).