Banded Tulip (Fasciolaria lilium hunteria)

SHELL LENGTH: Approximately 4 inches (10.16 cm)

This spiral shaped shell, pointed at both ends, is ivory in color and offset by brown or tan splotches. Being fairly common, these univalves grow to be about 4 1/2 inches in length with seven thin, distinct brown lines on the body whorl with smooth sutures between whorls. Carnivorous in nature, these univalves prey on other mollusks by boring a hole through the shell of their prey using their radula. Tulips are also known to be cannibalistic.