Welcome to the Monsecour Brothers specimen shells website!

NEW:

SEARCH FUNCTION: you find on the top right a search function where you can search on a genus name or on a species name! species name without a genus will do.

SORTING FUNCTION: in every family you can now choose to get the shell list in different orders: standard it is alphabetically on genus, but you can also choose to sort on species names or on value. 

 

We are David and Kevin Monsecour, both shell collectors. Like most shell dealers the hobby grew and so many shells were acquired that we started selling shells next to our normal professions. We both specialised in different families, and almost don't have a general collection, so many of the species you can find on this site are not even in our own collections. Read more about us in the about us section.

A big part of our stock are shells from older collections we were able to buy in the past; there are some pieces that were once easy to get, but now very hard to obtain. We also have lots of fresh shells from all over the world. We have personal suppliers in Madagascar, the Philippines, Australia and regular input from other places.

All shells are selected and normally quality and size is indicated. The goal is to supply every sample of shells with a picture of one of the specimens available. This will most probably take some months, as the shell sales are next to our professions. When you want to see a not yet photographed shell or you want to know more about a shell with missing data, don't hesitate to contact us! We will supply you with photographs and place them online.

HAPPY SHELLING!
David & Kevin

Newest shells

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Burnupena lagenaria - (Lamarck, 1822)
South Africa. Cape province. Gordons Bay. In tidal pool. February 2010.
Buccinidae
F  /  31mm
#24662
w/perio, but apex rough. Dead-taken.
2.00 EUR
5 Aug 2020
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Ranella olearia - Linnaeus, 1758
South Africa. Natal. off Durban. Trawled on mud. July 1988.
Ranellidae
F+  /  144mm
#30236
proto gone, as usual.
15.00 EUR
5 Aug 2020
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Ranella olearia - (Linnaeus, 1758)
South Africa. Natal. off Durban. Trawled on mud. July 1988.
Ranellidae
F+  /  150mm
#30235
w/o. proto gone, as usual
15.00 EUR
5 Aug 2020
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Ranella olearia - (Linnaeus, 1758)
South Africa. Natal. off Durban. Trawled on mud. July 1988.
Ranellidae
F+  /  152mm
#22418
15.00 EUR
5 Aug 2020
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Unio tumidus - (Philipsson, 1788)
Belgium. Lier. Anderstad. in pond near Nete canal. May 2014.
Unionidae
F++  /  76mm
#31563
w/perio. Little erosion near umbo.
3.00 EUR
5 Aug 2020

Top shells

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Naria helvola helvola x citrina citrina
South Africa. Natal. Richards Bay. February 2003.
Cypraeidae
F++  /  25mm
#31197
Strong teeth and margins like helvola, mantle line and pattern like citrina.
25.00 EUR
29 Jun 2020
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Staphylaea semiplota - (Mighels, 1845)
Hawaiian islands. Pearl Harbor. Dived under coral at 15m. August 1975.
Cypraeidae
F++  /  19mm
#30652
Rusty orange-brown, no spots.
65.00 EUR
22 May 2020
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Raybaudia porteri porteri - (Cate, 1966)
Philippines. Balut island. In tangle nets at 120-180m. August 2018.
Cypraeidae
F++  /  48mm
#25286
Very nice colouration with dark spots just above the rather high margins. Rather broad and 'flattened' specimen. Tiny nacre spot at mid-dorsum.
180.00 EUR
22 May 2020
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Paradusta barclayi barclayi - (Reeve, 1857)
South Africa. S Natal. Protea Shoal. Dredged on reef at 45m. April 2004.
Cypraeidae
F++  /  25mm
#30626
live-taken
400.00 EUR
21 May 2020
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Cryptocypraea dillwyni - (Schilder, 1922)
French Polynesia. Tuamotu islands. Fakarava. May 1999.
Cypraeidae
F+++  /  11.8mm
#29539
Live-taken. Superb shell.
130.00 EUR
15 Mar 2020