Little white Corundum plates around a hexagonal prismatic Hematite crystal.
Liguus virgineus, also known as the candy cane snail, is a species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropodmollusk in the family Orthalicidae. Liguus virgineus is a type species of the genus Liguus.
This species is native to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), east of Cuba, where it is over-harvested for the shell craft trade. However, over the past 25 years there have been at least three separate reports of living specimens being found in the Florida Keys (Key Largo, Long Key, Key West). In one such report circa 1989, a U.S. Air Force Sergeant reported finding a living pair on a banana tree in his back yard while living in U. S. Government housing at Sigsbee Park in Key West. The two shells were positively identified as Liguus virgineus, but their live collection in Key West could not be verified.