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Specimen Seashells General Information: To collect Seashells as Natural History collectibles - much like some people collect stamps or coins - you will be looking for Specimen Seashells. These have a data tag or label with scientific ID, be graded (for condition) and be packaged separately.
Scientific Seashell Data (Labels):
NAME: A scientific name typically includes: Genus and species name, the Author (person who decribed it first), the publication date. Additional information usually includes the local variant / form name or subspecies designation.
LOCALITY: Country or region of origin and any known details on habitat and depth. Locality info typically depends on the source: We frequently scuba-dive remote areas and can often supply shells we have found with very detaild data, incl. GPS info (to 100m radius). We also obtain many shells from old collections (where shells have less info). Trawled shells may carry even less data, depending on which boat they came from and how accurately fishing logs were kept.
SIZE: Specimen size in millimetres, which always represents the largest measurable distance between the two outermost points of a specimen (except spiny Bivalves and Spondylidae - body is measured without spines).
DESCRIPTION: Mentions typical features, condition, shape, colour, pattern, presentation and/or major differences to other forms of the same species.
OPERC / PERIO: Some species have doors (Nerites, etc. ), so we may include info on presence / absence of operculum (shell door) or periostracum (soft surface coating).
GRADING: Notes the condition of a specimen shell by a commonly accepted set of Intl. GRADING terms.
SPECIMEN SEASHELL GRADING (Shells are viewed under good lighting with the naked eye)
|GEM||Shells are without any discernible blemish or flaw. The specimen will be fully adult and of typical size for species.|
|F++/GEM||Shells that have a very minor flaw or blemish which is hard to perceive, shows up only under close scrutiny and in no way detracts from the look of the shell.|
|F++||Shells have a noticeable flaw or blemish which does not detract from the look of the specimen.|
|F+/F++||Shells have more than one noticeable flaw, growth line or blemish consistent with the species, but the overall presentation is very good. These shells are generally excellent value and suitable for aesthetically pleasing collections, being considerably less expensive than GEM specimens.|
|F+||Shells with small chips, noticeable growth lines, nacre lifts, blemishes or other obvious flaws, where the overall appearance and presentation of the shell is obviously not perfect. NOTE: Several large sized or rare species are only available in F+ condition or less.|
|F/F+||Shells with major chips, growth lines, nacre lifts, blemishes or other obvious flaws. Very fresh dead collected but otherwise good specimens are also often classed as F/F+.
NOTE: Some shell species are only available in F/F+ condition or less.
|F/dead||Shells that are either badly damaged, obviously juvenile or dead, but suitable as a representative of the species or for study purposes.
NOTE: Some shell species are only available in F or dead condition.
No Grading system can possibly do justice to every specimen and most Specimen Shells will require further description. Since Seashells are difficult to photograph well (image may not clearly show flaws), the above Intl. Grading terms are widely accepted for Seashell descriptions.
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