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Faroe sunset shell

Observed: 16th September 2013 By: dejayM
Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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It's rare to find such a thin and fragile shell so perfect, so distinguishing and so complete.
This one has the lovely name of Faroe Sunset Shell. I am amazed that is the first for iSpot, yet seems, acording to the MBM portal, regularly recorded all 'round UK coasts.
Good numbers are recorded in Orkney, where I normally search but where I have never seen one, no-one I've met has seen one. I think it is quite rare and the similarly coloured Thin Telin (Angulus tenuis) (in picture two), if broken, may be mistakenly attributed.
Picture five is of the location - the perfect active tombolo of St Ninian's (Shetland)
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Gari fervensis

As you say, it is strange that a species with this distribution is not recorded elsewhere in iSpot. Have you trawled all tellins to see if there are any mis-idents?
Tombolo - that's a new one to me too.


nightfly's picture

I see what you mean Derek,

I see what you mean Derek, the Thin Tellin is identical. Impressive Faroe Sunset Shell also.