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Banded-Tulip2-300The banded tulip (Fasciolaria hunteria) is a marine snail that reaches 3" in length. Its shell has a slender, tapered shape with a smooth, shiny surface. Fine lines of dark brown ring blue-green and tan whorls. Ranging from North Carolina to the Gulf States, the banded tulip is found locally in three to 40 feet of water. Its cousin, the true tulip, is also a common find along Naples' beaches, but its shell is more mottled with dark brown coloration. Live shelling is prohibited in Collier County. Ensure there is no animal inside before taking any shells.

 

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