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** Trip to Maldives - Published : Jul 31, 2017

We had been dreaming of swimming in the Maldives for years. We were lucky this year in July to stay for a week on the island of Helengeli which is north of Male Atoll. It is an island that is located in the middle of the pass. The seabed is nice but quite damaged. The corals are not majestic, they have suffered greatly. The fish fa


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** Lambis robusta Swainson, 1821 A Polynesian Endemic species - Published : May 17, 2005

French Polynesia offers some endemic species to collectors, but they are mainly concentrated in the Marquesas Islands. However, some endemics are not restricted to these Islands. This is the case of our very nice Lambis robusta, Swainson, 1821. This species is found usually outside the reef on the external slope. The average deaph of its habitat may vary from 10 to 25 meters. It is usually found among dead coral fragments and can be difficult to spot. When the shell is cleaned (which may take sometime), a real beauty appears with overall dorsum color is pink to light orange-brown. The "fingers" are dark brown to black colored. The mouth is a mix of black orange and white colors. This species remains uncommon and one must pay a lot of attention to spot this wonderful species. Here are pictures or four specimens I collected at Moorea Island.


** Free wallpapers - Published : Feb 17, 2010

This page will allow you to download free wallpapers for your desktop ! So you will watch shells every day ! Files are zipped and can be downloaded for free !


Website News

15 august 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (Snorkeling in Mauritius : fishes & sea shells of the lagoon (part1)

30 july 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (Dangerous Snails of the Seas : the truth about cones, a venomous sea shell family)

24 july 2018 : This is the redone version of an older footage with a smaller thumbnail. The visibility of the shells is improved

21 july 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (The Mauritius Seashell Museum : 8000 sea shells, 750 species exposed!)

15 july 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (Flipper : the Shell seeker Robot ! Mayotte Trip Training)

07 july 2019 : A new video have been uploaded (Harpa shell Vs crab ! Night attack !)

28 june 2018 :  A new video have been uploaded (Snorkeling with the New Caledonian cowries !)

25 june 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (Live Cowrie Shells in low tide pools (volcanic rocks) : Mauritius 2018 !)

11 june 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (Cone shell Venom extraction (milking) on live Conus consors)

05 june 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (How to store seashells (Acrylic boxes & cotton)

28 may 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (How to clean & polish an encrusted seashell)

26 may 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (How to clean and polish seashells !)

21 may 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (Moon Shell burying at night in Mauritius)

17 may 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (Snorkeling at night in Mauritius)

14 april 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (My Mayotte cone shells' collection)

10 april 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (My New Caledonian cone shells' collection) :

02 april 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (My self-collected Caribbean cone shells' collection) :

01 april 2018 : The iconography of the Martinique & Guadeloup coneshells have been updated (Conus jacquescolombi) :

31 march 2018 : A new video have been uploaded (My self-collected Caribbean seashell collection) :

23 march 2018 : The iconography of the Polynesian coneshells have been updated with 4 images of Conus eldredi.

22 march 2018 : Two new videos about storing seashells !

18 march 2018 : The iconography of the Polynesian coneshells have been updated with the last described specie : Conus easoni.

18 march 2018 : A new youtube video is now online on How to clean Seashells :

14 march 2018 : A new youtube video is now online on How to Polish Seashells :

05 march 2018 : A new youtube video is now online on La Garde Shell Show 2018 (France) :

04 march 2018 : A new youtube video is now online on How to identify Seashells :

06 february 2018 : I have created our FB page at :

01 february 2018 :  New video about Sanibel :

28 january 2018 : New video about Mediterranean seashells : various seashells

28 january 2018 : New video about Mediterranean seashells : presenting Erosaria spurca cowrie

27 january 2018 : New video about Mediterranean seashells : presenting Luria lurida cowrie

25 january 2018 : New video about Seychelles there :

23 january 2018 : best wishes for 2018 !! And hope you'll enjoy this new video about Maldives !

20 december 2017 : Advertising in 2018 is again possible at main site and it's related forum :

13 october 2017 : The XENOPHORA's article about my trip to Maldives have been uploaded (pdf format) there :

11 august 2017 : More images have been uploaded into the Maldives' article !

31 july 2017 : Our last Trip sum up to Maldives is now online : New images will be uploaded later. Hope you'll enjoy these :)

21 may 2017 : Seychelles iconography : CONIDAE = updated with 6 new imges.

28 march 2017 : A new article have been published about Michel Balleton's 3 new books !

06 January 2017 :  !! Happy New Year 2017 !!

26 December 2016 : The (STORING SEASHELLS PAGE) have been updated with a list of trees-wood acidity to avoid the acid action on your shells in wood cabinet.

24 December 2016 : The galleries are down and will be restored as soon as possible.

19 December 2016 : The website have been partially hacked in december. We had to load a older version fo files. News since february have been lost but files shall not have been touched by this attack. Thanks to Laurent, the website is online again ! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL and HAPPY SHELLING !!

24 Feb. 2016 : The Author's Collection have been updated : this concerns the Caribbean collection (100% complete) 100% done now)

23 Feb. 2016 : The Seychelles Cone Iconography have been updated with new images, this concerns : Conus ammiralis, Conus bullatus, Conus auricomus & Conus luteus

23 Feb. 2016 : The Author's Collection have been updated : this concerns the Seychelles collection (updated at 80%), more images to come.

13 January 2016 : The Html version of article with different images is online (french) :

12 January 2016 : Two (pdf) articles about Seychelles have been published from the XENOPHORA journal :

01 January 2016 : !! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 !! AND HAPPY SHELLING !!

24 august 2015 : TCC N°27 have been uploaded today and you'll find a seashell-collector author's article : Conus regius From Martinque: A Magnificent and Very Variable Species

09 july 2015 : New article have been published in the ARTICLES/XENOPHORA folder : It have been published in the last french journal XENOPHORA (july). Hope you'll enjoy ! DAVID

15 April 2015 : Update : Links, Shell Related Websites. A lot of websites are down. They have been deleted from the list. Internet is always moving fast and most of websites are not updated very quickly. Very rare are the websites that survive... Seashell-Collector was one of the first website about shelling... and we are still there !!! 18 years of information !!!!!!!!!!! :)

14 April 2015 : Iconography Conidae French Polynesia : Updated : Deep Water Species added from Tarasoc Mission

13 April 2015 : Iconography Conidae French Polynesia : Updated : Conus conco added & Conus generalis new image

11 April 2015 : A new article is published : 2 Days at Sanibel island (Florida) : Extreme Low Tide

03 February 2015 : A new pdf have been uploaded : Conus pennaceus from Seychelles article published in XENOPHORA N°149

03 January 2015 : !!! Happy New Year 2015 !!! Seashell-Collector was at SANIBEL for christmas !! Awesom Low Tide and what a nice island !

03 december 2014 : New TCC N°26 have been published

27 november 2014 : Forum spamming problems seem to blocked now, registering and reseting password shall work properly.

21 october 2014 : !!! IMPORTANT !!! Databases are actually closed in order to upload and test the new version (worldwide collectors, live seashells,...).

20 october 2014 : A new pdf have been uploaded : Conus legatus article published in XENOPHORA N°148

10 october 2014 : We still have a lot of spammers trying to log in our forum and everyday this blocks our mail account. Tou may not received the confirmation mail. Please contact us.

16 september 2014 : Everything works now perfectly with the forum, even registering and password request. DAVID

12 september 2014 : One may now register at again, except that you need to contact me in order to receive your password.

11 September 2014 : IMPOSSIBLE TO REGISTER ON OUR FORUM actually !!

Dear users, We have applied the last update to our forum (MyBB regular update) and this causes a problem while users want to register our forum. Usually you cannot and the forum tells you that you IP adress is detecting as a spamming one.

If you need to register, please contact me at and I will create your account manually.

Happy Shelling, DAVID

08 September 2014 : New article have been added from Michel Balleton from Tahiti :

29 August 2014 :  Forum adress is definitively and is working, if you have trouble reaching it please wait a few days or flush your temp DNS (that keeps the old DNS-adress). DAVID

29 August 2014 : Forum adress is changing from to, 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) :

27 June 2014 : TCC25 have been published, you may read it there :  ;2 articles from 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, 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 : 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)

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

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.


** Bring back shells from trips - Published : Sep 17, 2012

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 - Published : Jun 24, 2008

Interview of Mr Giancarlo Paganelli, 2008 Author of one of the best online shells related database : Hello Giancarlo, It is my honor to interview the author of, which is a wonderful cone shell database, in its' 10th anniversary on the web, congratulations! My seashell-collector site was launched one year later.