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Oregon State Shell

Oregon triton Fusitriton oregonensis Adopted: October 1, 1989
Oregon state shell
Oregon state shell: Live Oregon triton
Courtesy: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mollusks are soft-bodied invertabrates that often inhabit shells. Octopuses, squid, and slugs are examples of mollusks without shells. Snails, clams, mussels, oysters, and whelks are examples of shelled mollusks. A conchologist is an individual who studies and, perhaps, collects the shells of mollusks. In 1989, the Oregon Society of Conchologists had been around for almost 25 years when they came up with an idea to promote their endeavors by drawing attention to one of the more well-known mollusks in Oregon, the Oregon triton Fusitriton oregonensis (Redfield, 1848).

The Oregon triton is a large sea snail. This sea snail can grow to a length of five inches.

SIXTY-FIFTH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

House Concurrent Resolution No. 9

Sponsored by Representatives FORD, AGRONS, HANLON, Senator PHILLIPS (at the request of Margaret Teskey, Librarian, Oregon Society of Conchologists)

Whereas triton shells were named after the sea demigod Triton, official trumpeter of Neptune, god of the sea, and Triton's name became attached to the shell he blew as his trumpet and spread to become the name of a whole genus; and

Whereas the tritons are a stately family of snails whose shells have attracted the attention of humankind for many centuries; and

Whereas the Oregon Triton (Fusitriton oregonensis) is sometimes over five inches long with rounded whorls of white shell covered, when living, with a brown, hairy layer called periostracum; and

Whereas the Oregon Triton, though it ranges in habitat from the Bering Sea to the Mexican border and northern Japan, is one of the larger snails of the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Northwest's representative of the triton family; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

That we, the members of the Sixty-fifth Legislative Assembly, recognize and proclaim the Oregon Triton (Fusitrition oregonensis) as the official Oregon shell.

Filed in the Office of Secretary of State Month 99, 9999.


Sources...

State of Oregon. Oregon Revised Statutes - 2009 Edition. Salem: State of Oregon, 2011. Web. 8 Apr 2011. <http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/home.htm>
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.


Additional Information

Fusitriton oregonensis (Redfield, 1848): ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System - Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

Oregon Society of Conchologists: Official website of the Oregon Society of Conchologists.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Oregon state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.