Scaphopoda is a class of marine mollusk that can be found in ocean around the world. They have tube-like shells with an opening on each end that are often compared in shape to an elephants tusk. This comparison has lead to them commonly being called tusk shells.
By mistake I completely forgot these unique animals from my original shell identification guide lists! However, over winter break I was able to return to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia to work on my shell identification guides. While at the Academy I was able to photograph 13 species spanning two different families. These shells are now live on the website! I'll be adding other shells imaged during this trip soon so keep an eye out for them!
Antalis antillarum (d'Orbigny, 1847)