Story: Shellfish

Circular saw shell

Circular saw shell

Circular saw shells (Astraea heliotropium) were once considered to be rare, and were desired collectors’ items. However, they are often brought up by oyster dredges working in Foveaux Strait and no longer command high prices at shell auctions.

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shellfish - Shell collecting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/8042/circular-saw-shell (accessed 11 December 2018)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006