Murex

Belongs within: Muricidae. Murex is an Indo-Pacific genus of marine gastropods with shells bearing three spinose varices and a long siphonal canal. In most species there are numerous long spines on the siphonal canal though M. brevispina bears short spines on the basal half of the canal only (Wilson 1994). Characters (from Wilson 1994): Siphonal… Continue reading Murex

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Coralliophilinae

Belongs within: Muricidae. The Coralliophilinae, coral shells, are a group of gastropods that live in close association with cnidarians such as corals, attached to the surface or embedded within the coral skeleton. Members of this family lack a radula (Wilson & Gillett 1971) and have a protoconch with an ornament of hemispherical tubercles overlain and… Continue reading Coralliophilinae

Muricidae

Belongs within: Neogastropoda.Contains: Zeatrophon, Axymene, Terefundus, Poirieria, Typhinae, Muricopsis, Favartia, Murexiella, Coralliophilinae, Ocenebra, Nucella, Trophon, Rapaninae, Ergalataxinae, Dermomurex, Pteropurpura, Haustellum, Pterynotus, Murex, Chicoreus, Siratus. The Muricidae are a group of predatory marine gastropods that often possess strongly developed varices on the shell that may bear prominent spines, flanges or other ornaments. Members possess an accessory… Continue reading Muricidae

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Pterynotus

Belongs within: Muricidae. Pterynotus is a genus of murexes with a trivaricate shell bearing more or less expanded varical flanges. In members of the subgenus Pterochelus, there is a channeled spine at the shoulder surrounded by the wing-like varix. <==Pterynotus Swainson 1833RA75 [=Pterymurex Rovereto 1899RA75; incl. Marchia Jousseaume 1880W94] | i. s.: P. barclayi Reeve… Continue reading Pterynotus

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Trophon

Belongs within: Muricidae. Trophon is a genus of marine gastropods found mostly in deepish boreal waters (Oldroyd 1927). The type species T. geversianum is found around the southern coast of South America where it is harvested for food. The operculum is subtetragonal in T. geversianum but oval in members of the subgenus Trophonopsis. Characters (from… Continue reading Trophon

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Nassa

Belongs within: Rapaninae. Nassa is a genus of marine gastropods found in the tropical Indo-Pacific, living under stones and coral in intertidal and shallow sublittoral waters. The western Pacific N. serta bears strongly beaded spiral ribs on the shell (Wilson & Gillett 1971). Characters (from Wilson & Gillett 1971): Ovate, spire moderately high. Whorls rounded.… Continue reading Nassa

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