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Common Tusk Shell (Dentalium entalis)

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 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 GaperCommon Piddock
American PiddockBlunt Tellin
Rayed ArtemisSmooth Artemis
Warty VenusPeppery Furrow Shell
Edible OysterPortuguese Oyster
King ScallopVariegated Scallop
Hunchback ScallopStriped Venus
Thick Trough ShellCut Trough Shell
Rayed Trough ShellBanded Wedge Shell
Faroe Sunset ShellThin Tellin
Baltic TellinBean Tellin
Pod RazorBean Razor
Curved Razor
Everything Else
Bonnet ShellCommon Limpet
Black Footed LimpetChina Limpet
Slipper Limpet
Common Tusk Shell
Cowrie ShellEuropean Cowrie
Common Tusk Shell

An ivory white shell like an elephants tusk, slightly curved, up to 1½ inches long and ⅙ inch wide, with an opening at both ends. More common in the north of Britain than the south.