Oyster

Virginia State Shell

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Oyster shell

Oyster shell; photo by IvanWalsh.com on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Oyster

Virginia designated the oyster shell (Crassostraea virginica) as the official state shell in 1974. Virginia also recognizes a prehistoric shell (Chesapecten jeffersonius - an ancient scallop) as the state fossil.

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Images

Fresh, unopened oyster shells; photo by Astacus on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Fresh, unopened oyster shells

Oyster shell photo © VanIsle on Flickr; noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works.