A nautilus shell

Nautilus shell

Picard's nautilus shell

For the starship, please see USS Nautilus.

The nautilus was an aquatic mollusk native to Earth.

When Spock tried to match the sound of the Whale Probe to the sound of an Earth animal in the phylum search mode aboard the Klingon Bird-of-Prey HMS Bounty, a nautilus was one of the animals shown. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

The scientific name for the nautilus was shown as Chama arcana, which is the scientific name of the secret jewelback, a species of clam.

For some time, Captain Jean-Luc Picard kept a nautilus shell in his ready room aboard the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG: "The Defector"), the last time the nautilus shell appeared in Picard's ready room was in "The Best of Both Worlds".

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