27 Avril 2013: nous partons enfin pour Tahiti ! L'équipe de VENOMICS est reconstituée, cette fois pour une deuxième mission "cônes" en Polynésie Française. Pierre Escoubas (VenomeTech) et Frédéric Ducancel (CEA Saclay) sont les scientifiques de l'équipe. Ils sont accompagnés comme l'an dernier par David Touitou, pharmacien et collectionneur expert en CONIDAE et grand spécialiste de la collecte sur le terrain, et par son ami Michel Balleton autre expert ès cônes, qui lui, réside à Tahiti et nous guidera sur place. Et bien d'autres nous aideront dans cette mission comme nous le verrrons !
In September (2007) we decided, Laurent and I to night scuba around Hyères. We made 3 night dives already and we have seen many molluscs while scuba. Laurent managed to take some amazing shots, as always... I let yo uenjoy some of them here. Remember that more photos can be seen there :
06 december 2013 : I am actually working on the revision of the CONIDAE from Martinique & Guadeloupe (Caribbean). The first work was really out of date... 2005 !
19 november 2013 : I have finished the revision of the CONIDAE from Seychelles. I updated the iconography with bigger images. I tried to fit with the scale of shells to show properly the big ones and very small ones.
11 november 2013 : With the help of Eric Le Court de Billot, we started the Iconography of CONIDAE from Mauritius Island (Indian Ocean)
06 november 2013 : With the help of Norbert Verneau and Matthias Deuus, we have published our work on CONIDAE from Mayotte (INDIAN OCEAN) http://www.seashell-collector.com/iconography/page_ressource-sans-titre.html
24 october 2013 : Michel Balleton & I, have finished the revision of the Polynesian Conidae. We started the job in 2004 with a first checklist. We now have all image for all species and added new descriptions of course. It is there http://www.seashell-collector.com/~ziptric/evo/iconography/page_conidae-from-french-polynesia.html
17 october 2013 : I am actually working on 3 projets : Updating our 2004 work on French Polynesian Conidae Checklist with the help of Michel Balleton. We are actually working with Norbert Verneau on the iconography of Mayotte (Indian Ocean) Cone shells and I am abour starting a similar project (Conidae checklist) with someone from Mauritius (Indian ocean).
13 october 2013 : As several of you asked me the creation date of website... We created this website in 1997 ! As you can notice, rare are the websites (from all kind of hobbies) that still exist from that period. I have seen hundreds of shell related websites that have been created and deleted... that is the main problem with internet. Things never go on for a long period. I just used a programm to check broken links. I had to delete hundreds of links to external pages !!
Remember that Seashell-Collector was one of the first shell related website to be launched ! Were less than 10 website in 1997 !! Incredible ! Time have passed and many more have been launched. But will they remain for years ? who knows....
11 october 2013 : I have changed the banner, I hope you will appreciate this big banner showing a diver (me) face to a nice Cypraea Luria lurida lurida from France !
10 october 2013 : 2 articles have been corrected (image link errors) : Bistolisda Complex 2005 & Cribarula complex 2005; Beginners/identification updated and corrected (image link errors); Wallpapers error link corrrected
10 october 2013 : added links to several offline articles published in xenophora&TCC, waiting 2 pdf files from xenophora that will be uploaded soon concerning : Voyage aux Seychelles & VENOMICS 2013 : Expédition scientifique en Polynésie
10 october 2013 : Sum up of genral articles have been corrected, display bug in the list.
09 october 2013 : A new article have been added : It sum up our last VENOMIC Trip to French polynesia last april (2013). Language is french but you may read it in english on the TCC n°23 (miscellaneous/The Cone collector menu)
08 october 2013 : The TCC (The Cone Collector newsletter) is ready for download in the miscellaneous/The Cone collector menu
07 october 2013 : We are experiencing a big late in the progress of development of the new version of the website, so I am going to update this one with a lot of new articles soon and update it very regulary. Happy Shelling, DAVID
23 may 2013 : Dear members, we had to change the forum as the old one was hacked too often. We of course kept all messages and accounts, but it could ask you a new password.
Dear travellers, I am sure that some of you may have troubles on how to bring back your shells from your shelling trips without damage ! Well, my method is not the only one but I have never damaged my shells. Even if some shells (like Cowries, Oliva shells,...) are strong enough to travel without damage, I use the same method for all families. Steps are : - Use toilet paper to wrap your shell - Cone Shells : protect the lip first - Use tape to finish wraping - Use plastic zip bag (smell)- Use plactic box - Use plastic zip bag again (smell) [optionnal]
Interview of Mr Giancarlo Paganelli, 2008 Author of one of the best online shells related database : http://www.coneshell.net/ Hello Giancarlo, It is my honor to interview the author of coneshell.net, which is a wonderful cone shell database, in its' 10th anniversary on the web, congratulations! My seashell-collector site was launched one year later. Many thanks. However the honour is mine to be interviewed by an experienced self cone shells (not only) collector and author of the most impressive portal of seashells on the net.