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Lettered Olive        

(Oliva Sayana)


The Lettered Olive,  was designated the official shell of the State by Act No. 360, 1984. 

Dr. Edmund Ravenel

*From Charleston, South Carolina

*One of the first noted  

*Named the
Lettered Olive shell 

*Was friends with
Edgar Allen Poe

Dr. Ravenel had an office at 52 Meeting St. 

*The Lettered Olive is  prolific along the South Carolina Coast.

*The scientific study of shells is called conchology.

*A person who studies conchology is a
  1. Producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile.
  2. Producing abundant works or results: a prolific artist. See Synonyms at fertile.