The Xenophorids live on sand and mud bottoms of the continental shelves and the continental slopes of the subtropical and tropical seas and range from very shallow water to depths of more than 1,400 meters. Xenophorids are unusual in that in many of the species the animal cements small stones or shells to the edge of the shell as it grows, thus the shells of those species are sometimes humorously referred to as “shell-collecting shells”. The genus name Xenophora comes from two ancient Greek words and means “bearing (or carrying) foreigners”.

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Onustus indicus (Indian carrier shell)
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Onustus indicus (Indian carrier shell)

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Stellaria chinensis (Pebble carrier shell)
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Stellaria chinensis (Pebble carrier shell)

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Stellaria gigantea (Great carrier shell)
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Stellaria gigantea (Great carrier shell)

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Stellaria solaris (Sunburst carrier shell)
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Stellaria solaris (Sunburst carrier shell)

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Xenophora cerea (Rough carrier shell)
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Xenophora cerea (Rough carrier shell)

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Xenophora conchyliophora (American carrier shell)
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Xenophora conchyliophora (American carrier shell)

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Xenophora granulosa
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Xenophora granulosa

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Xenophora pallidula (Pallid carrier shell)
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Xenophora pallidula (Pallid carrier shell)

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