Recent Article

** Conidae From Martinique & Guadeloupe - Published : May 22, 2014

We consider it as a valid species. So much differences between both C. boui and C. daucus : Shell pattern, animal color, average size, deph, habitat are completely different between these species.We have collected both species live and assume totally our choice of level specie accordin

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Old Articles

** Live Cypraea niger from New-Caledonia and their camouflage - Published : Apr 13, 2004

Seeing a niger cowrie is rather easy because the intense glossy black contrasts with the surrounding colors.But it's very difficult to find C. Stolida whose pale yellow mantle blends with its natural habitat.It's necessary to have well-trained eyes, especially for this one..

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Website News

29 August 2014 : Forum adress is changing from www.seashell-collector.com/forum to forum.seashell-collector.com, the forum could be temporarly unreachable though. DAVID

28 August 2014 : Forum is online and everything works

28 August 2014 : Forum is online but one cannot login. We have spoted the trouble and are repairing it at the moment. Within the 24 hours the bug shall be fixed. DAVID

22 August 2014 : the website & forum are now fully operational again. DAVID

22 August 2014 : the website & forum are actually 50% unreachable as we changed main adress in server and all shall be ok during the day. Most links are not active yet. DAVID

05 July 2014 : two pdf articles published in the french XENOPHORA journal have been added : Conus gubernator f. leehmani (N°147) & VENOMICS 2013 : Expédition scientifique en Polynésie (N°144) : http://www.seashell-collector.com/articles/page_xenophora-pdf-files.html

27 June 2014 : TCC25 have been published, you may read it there : http://www.seashell-collector.com/miscellaneous/page_theconecollector.html  ;2 articles from seahsell-collecor.com have been published in this newsletter.

22 May 2014 : We have published with JANINE JACQUES the new version of Cone Shells from Martinique & Guadeloupe

23 April 2014 : I have finished the review of my old article from 2002 about Seychelles Cowries. You may check it in the ICONOGRAPHY menu.

14 April 2014 : Actually TCC 24A have been released with our 2 corrected articles on Mauritius & Mayotte. In the next TCC 25 another 2 articles will be published. One about Seychelles cone shells and our last one about Martinique & Guadeloupe cone shells. It will be an exclusive article. Then when TCC25 is released, I will also publish it at seashell-collector.com, in TCC 26 will be published the last one about French Polynesian cone shells. DAVID

19 March 2014 : Laurent have corrected the World Wide Collectors display bug and the system is working fine actually.

18 March 2014 : We have restored the databases (World Wide Collectors & Live Seashells). I have deleted over 200 spammers. Anyway, this database is out of date as you probably noticed. We keep all our efforts on the new one. DAVID

17 March 2014 : We have repaired the links to SEASHELL LIVE DATABASE and WORLDWIDE COLLECTORS DATABASE. These are still hosted on our old server. We are actually working on the next generation of users' pages which will allow a lot more features that the first one. Though you may still access to the old version. DAVID

11 March 2014 : Our New Iconography (Caribbean Cone shells) will be online this month. I am working also on 3 projects : Seychelles Cowries (actually under revision), Mauritius Cowries (not started yet) and New Caledonian Cone shells (not started yet). DAVID

08 March 2014 : We have finished the transfert of the website to OVH servers. I am going to update again the website. I had to wait the end of the transfer. We had to add a domain name in order to proceed to the new system, that is why the forum have the adress : http://forum.seashell-auctions.com/ instead of the older one. We may change it later, the forum is working fine though. David Touitou

27 janaury 2014 : Dealers' list and other links have been splited

14 janaury 2014 : The third version of Polynesian CONIDAE have been published in ICONOGRAPHY folder.

09 janaury 2014 : The third version of Polynesian CONIDAE is about to be published.

01 january 2014 : HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 and Happy Shelling !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26 december 2013 : I have updated the ICONOGRAPHY of CONIDAE-POLYNESIA with more than 40 images of live shells, thanks to MICHEL BALLETON

24 december 2013 : MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!!! Hope shelling will be in all mind with the upcoming year !!!! Actually we are still working on the CONIDAE from Martinique & Guadeloupe (Caribbean) which is very difficult. Hope ti be able to make soon the revision of Polynesian TEREBRIDAE. And welcome to our 2 historical sponsors : CONCHOLOGY & SHELLSPASSION.

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.

Beginners

** Safe Collecting - Published : Jun 12, 2002

That odd breed of ocean going, salt water swallowing, willing to swim for hours and still come home empty handed, seashell collector.Shell collecting should be a safe and enjoyable experience, but even the most experienced divers can get into trouble. The more you know about what awaits you in the ocean, the better chance you have of making it home in one piece, with your shells. FYI? I am just talking about snorkeling here. You others (SCUBA and Hookah divers) should have already been trained!

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Book/Interview/Iconography

** Conidae From French Polynesia - Published : Feb 12, 2004

This is an iconography we made with M. Balleton on Polynesian Cone Shells. Alphabetical list of Shells.You'll find informations about rarity, habitat and a short discussion when needed.Personnal rarity classification (*) :Very common- Commom - Uncommon - Moderately Rare- Rare - Very rare(*) = the rarity indicated refers to years before 2003-2004

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