Alabama State Seashell

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Scaphella junonia johnstoneae Scaphella junonia johnstoneae Image License - Public Domain

The official seashell of the state of Alabama is the Scaphella junonia johnstoneae, or Johnstone's Junonia. The Scaphella junonia johnstoneae was made the state shell in 1990 by Act no.90-567. This shell was named in honor of Kathleen Yerger Johnstone, an amateur conchologist (someone who studies shells and molluscs) from Mobile, Alabama by a Harvard scientist, Dr. William J. Clench.  He named it after her due to the many books and speeches she produced that popularized the seashell.

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