National Geographic : 1949 Jul
4)National Geographic Society 69 Kodachrome by Rutherford Platt From the Moluccas, East Indies, Comes a Baffling Profusion of Brilliant Shells The world produces nowhere else such numbers of striking specimens as are found here and in the Philippines. Of the few pictured, the large Melo, (3), Cymbium aethiopica, is exceedingly rare and unusual because of the left handed spiral which makes it a freak of its family. Reverse-twist shells are sacred in India. Other Moluccas specimens on the page are: (1) Terebellum terebellum; (2) Terebra flammea (Florida) ; (4) Conus cinereus; (5) Mitra vittata; (6) Tellina virgata; (7) Callista lilacina; (8) Cypraea mauritiana; (9) Spondylus croceus.