OuterBanksShells.com:  ©  Trochidae Family

Home Meet My Staff Links Contact Us Picture Gallery
Lighthouse Mary's Crafts Dewey's Domain One Handed Tying
Read My Stories  Mystical Memories Shell Families

Old Gray House Gifts and Shells 

The Old Gray House
Shell Products
Trochidae Family

The Old Gray House
Shell Products

  1. Large Decorative Shells
  2. Condiae Family
  3. Cowrie Family
  4. Murex Family
  5. Spondylus Family
  6. Turbinidae Family
  7. Volutidae Family
  8. Argonautidae Family
  9. Nautilidae Family
  10. Chamidae Family
  11. Dried Sea Life Family
  12. Strombidae Family
  13. Trochidae Family
  14. Myacidae Family
  15. Haliotidae Family
  16. Tunnidae Family
  17. Specimen Family
  18. Olividae Family
  19. Cassidae Family
  20. Pleurotomariidae Family
  21. Dentaliidae Family
  22. Angariinae Family
  23. Xenophoridae Family
  24. Neritidae Family

Trochidae Family
  Trochidae Family


Trochidae Family

Trochidae Family

Trochidae Family Trochidae Family

Two Views of a Wavy Trochus Shell
A Wavy Trochus Is a Must For Your Collection

The Trochidae Family, commonly known as Top Shells, is a large group of shells found throughout the Indo-Pacific region. It is composed of many different shapes and subclasses. The most recognizable one is a flat base with a pyramid or turban appearance similar to the turbindae family of shells. Probably the most recognizable shape is one that reminds you of a spinning top. The animals inside the shell feed by scraping algae from rocks. They possess a round trap door (operculum) that is flattened and in no way resembles the rock hard trap door of the catís eye shell or other turban shells. The lip and interior of the shell is iridescent and when the outer covering is removed it makes a beautiful display shell. Crafters remove the outer layer of the shell and carve patterns into the shell. The shell is sometimes referred to as the button shell because it is used to produce mother of pearl buttons, beads ,and forms of jewelry. Because it has a very thick layer of mother-of-pearl it has been over fished to such a degree it is no longer found in abundance. The shell is sought after by the salt water aquarium industry because of the animals outstanding ability to keep the aquariums glass free from algae.

One member of the Trochidae family shell lovers enjoy showing off is the large Wavy Trochus. When the outer covering is removed from the shell it is a very attractive shell to display in homes and offices.

Trochidae Family

Trochus Niloticus Pearlized
Larger image

Green Trocha
Larger image

Tiny Trocha dyed .25" under
Larger image

Green Trocha side cut "
Larger image

Pearlized trocha side cut
Larger image

Pearlized Trocha side cut
Larger image

Pink cut trocha with holes
Larger image


  1. Home
  2. Tour-Outside
  3. Path
  4. Outer Banks Lighthouse
  5. Friends
  1. Meet My Staff
  2. Shell Shack
  3. Hatteras Fun
  4. Contact Us
  5. Shell Families
  1. Tour-Inside
  2. Read My Stories
  3. Meet My Crafters
  4. Links
  5. Pictures

For more information contact our Webmaster at OuterBanksShells@aol.com