Mar 08 2014

Candy Cane

Published by at 7:30 am under Beyond Bounds,Water and Shore

Shell, Liguus virgineus (photo by H. Zell, Wikimedia Commons)

This shell is so beautiful that it threatens the existence of the animal that wears it.

The candy cane snail (Liguus virgineus) is a land-based snail found on the island of Hispaniola, home of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Because of its beauty it has been over-collected for the shell trade, making it hard to find and endangering the snail.

This particular shell is in the collection of the photographer, H. Zell, whose photo is one of the finalists for Wikimedia Common’s 2013 Picture of the Year.

Voting ended yesterday but you can still view Picture Of The Year finalists here.


(photo by H. Zell, Creative Commons license at Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Candy Cane”

  1. Lauren Conkleon 08 Mar 2014 at 10:38 am

    I had no idea these were becoming valuable. I have several of them that I bought during one of my trips to Myrtle Beach when I was a kid (which was a while ago). Thanks Kate!

  2. Kate St. Johnon 08 Mar 2014 at 10:42 am

    Lauren, I’m not sure that they are particularly valuable to us (perhaps we breed them) but they are a source of money to the people of Hispaniola so they are over-collected.

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