MUREX SHELLS MOSTLY FOUND IN THE TROPICS ARE COLORFUL BUT MOST NOTED FOR THEIR ORNAMENTATION
Pink Murex Shells
Pink Throat Murex. Hexaplex Erythrosquamous; Family Muricidae or Rock Shells; Genus Murex. Range: Guaymas to Peru. Habitat: Moderately shallow water. The Pink Throat Murex is not rare but highly sought by collectors. Found species size is between 3 to 6 inches The shell surface has a number of spiny vertical folds, ridges and a very fine encircling lines. The aperture is large and round; outer lip thickened at its edge and armed with hollow folded spines. As the shell grows another varix is added. There is a columellar callus reflected over the body whorl. The canal is broad, closed and bends backwards. The shell's color is white, some are pinkish white and the polished aperture (opening to the shell) has a pinkish tint. This species was once called the Murex Bicolor species.
One Pink Throat Murex Shell 2 to 3 inches (these are immature shells and many lack a deep pink)...... .75
One Pink Murex Shell 3 2/8 to 4 inches......$1.35
One Pink Murex Shell 4 to 4 4/8 inches......$1.49
Black Murex Shell
Black Murex also known as Radish Murex; Family Muricidae; species: Hexaplex Radix. This is a heavy shell with a small pointed spire. The body is inflated; the siphonal canal is rather long and wide. The body is covered with spines. Where the spines are intersected by spiral ribs they have frilled ends which are slightly curved. The shell is white with purplish black spines, darkest on their inside faces and thin. The connecting spiral bands are mostly white. The Black or Radish Murex are found along the westward facing Pacific shore from Panama to Ecuador. They dwell among intertidal rocks feeding on other shell creatures. They are not considered a rare find.
One Black Murex 2 6/8 inches or more ......$1.59
One Black Murex Shell 3 6/8 inches or more.... $2.29
One Black Murex Shell 4 6/8 inches or more ..... $3.25
One Black Murex Shell 5 6/8 inches or more...... $4.95
Pacific Ramosus Murex
The Pacific Ramosus; Family: Muricidae; species: Chicoreus Ramosus; Genus: Murex (Rock Shells). Range. Indo-Pacific from the Indian Ocean east across the northern shores of Australia/New Zealand and north along the China Sea to just south of the Japanese Sea. The Ramosus (sometimes called the Branch Murex)is a common shell but popular among crafters and shell collectors. It prefers coral reef areas, where as a carnivore (meat eater) feeds on other shell creatures. The Ramosus is a heavy shell has a low spire and inflated body. It has 3 varices that may have one or two knobby vertical ribs. Each varices and the siphonal canal have short , frilled spines. Fine spiral ridges cover all whorls (one complete turn around the shell body). The outer lip has sawtooth edge and toward its lower end a more distinct tooth. The columella is smooth. The shell color is white with brown ridges and blotches. The columella (central pillar of the gastropod visible within the aperture (front opening of the shell) is pink.
One Pacific Ramosus Murex 3 to 4 inches ...... .95
One Pacific Ramosus Murex 4 to 5 inches ......$1.95
One Pacific Ramosus Murex 5 to 6 inches ......$4.75
One Pacific Ramosus Murex 6 to 7 inches ......$6.25
One Pacific Ramosus Murex shell 7 to 8 inches ...... $7.25
One Pacific Ramosus Murex shell 8 to 9 inches .....$10.95
One Pacific Ramosus Murex shell 9 to 10 inches.....$20
One Pacific Ramosus Murex shell 10 or more...... $29
Brassica Murex. Family Muricidae; Genus Hexaplex; Species Brassica. Its range os along the Eastern Pacific coast of Peru to Mazatlan. The mollusk prefers moderately shallow water and some species have been found up to 8 inches in size. The shell body has about 8 whorls, each with several rather flattish varices, serrated at the edges and developing into frondlike spines at the shoulders. The Brassica is whitish with a yellow tint, some pinkish shells have been found. Most Brassica Murex have 3 brown bands. The aperture is pinkish.
One Brassica Murex 3 to 4 inches.....$4.50
Family: Muricidae; Species: Chicoreus Palmarosae; some times called the Rose Branch Murex. It is a solid tall spired shell with coarse composition. The shell body (whorl) is ovate with a long broad siphonal canal and a well impressed suture. Each whorl has three varices curving down the body's length. Fine spiral ridges cover the shell, with a few rounded knobs between the varices. These murex shells are found from the Indian Ocean to the Philippines off shore. They are not considered rare but not commonly found. Their color is yellowish with brown ridges the fronds are sometimes violet or pink. The aperture is white.
One Palmarosa Murex 4 7/8 inches or less......OUT OF STOCK
Indivia Murex is a shallow water species found in shallow water across the Indo-Pacific region. The area includes the Indian Ocean east to the Northern Australian/New Zealand shores. These are commonly found shells. They are ovate covered with purplish/black short spines.
One Indivia Murex shells 1 4/8 to 3 inches ...... .17
The Murex Turnispina is a spine covered shell. It is club shaped with an acutely pointed apex with rounded whorls. The suture is deeply impressed and it has a long, straight siphonal canal. The color is grayish white. The species ranges across the Indo-Pacific, from the Indian Ocean east to the northern shores of Australia/New Zealand in shallow water. The shell is considered common.
One Turnispina Murex Shell 1 to 2 inches or less ...... .11
One Turnispina Murex shell 2 to 3 inches...... .13
The Apple Murex shell is thick, heavy with a short spire and round body whorl. Each whorl has three unevenly spaced, thick varices with one or two short vertical ribs separating the varices. The aperture (shell opening) is large and round. The outer lip of the shell has a sawtooth edge. The shell color is yellow to dark brown, the predominant color is marked with whitish or brown blotches and lines. The aperture can be white, orange or yellow. This species is carnivorous, its favorite meal is boring holes into oyster shells and eating the mollusk. The Apple Mures is found in rocky, sandy inshore regions of the South East United States, especially on the West coast of Florida and Caribbean. Family: Muricidae; Species: Phylonotus Pomum
One Apple Murex shell 2 to 2 6/8 inches...... .19
Vasum Murex Shell
Scientific name: Vasum Ceramicum; Genus: Murex. The Vasum Murex primarily ranges across the Indo-Pacific. This area includes the Indian Ocean, northern Australian shore and the Great Barrier Reef area. The species is noted for its spines and markings.
One Vasum Murex shells 1 3/8 to 2 inches...... .15
This is a solid,low-spired shell. It has a long straight siphonal canal. In later created body whorls (a complete turn around the shell on its imaginary axis) vertical appear. Smooth varices (thickening at former lip edge of a gastrod shell)have points crossed by strong spiral riblets. The siphonal
canal has very few spines. The shell color can be creamy or even pinkish, with brown spots and dashes, The varices are a rusty red with the apertural lips can be orange or pink. The Haustellum Murex shell is commonly found in the Indo-Pacific region. This area stretches from the Indian Ocean east across the northern Australian/New Zealand shores and north to just south of the Sea of Japan. They prefer intertidal sand flats.>
One Haustellum Murex shell 2 to 3 inches..... .19
Murex Negros Genus: Murex; Class: Gastropod (mollusk that creates a single shell); Family: Muricidae; Scientific name: Nigrispinosus; common name: Black-spined Murex. These shells are found in the Indo-Pacific region. This stretches across the Indian Ocean to the northern shores of Australia. They have been found in waters 44 feet deep. There name comes from a Philippine Island. As other Murex shells the Negros is carnivorous and prefers tropical waters near coral reefs. They are known primarily for their decorative long spines and siphonal canal.
One Murex Negros shell 2 to 3 inches...... 1.25
Lace Murex Shell
Lace Murex scientific name: Chioreus Florifer Dilectus; Belongs to the Murex Family; sometimes commonly called the Florida Lace Murex. This is an elongately ovate, with an elevated, conical spire. The whorls each have 3 varices bearing long, scaly hollowed spines. It has a low knob between varices and sometimes has 1-2 smaller axial ribs and fine, irregular spiral cords. The aperture is nearly round and its canal long, narrowly open with 4 open, leafy spines on one side and a broad flattened flange on the other. The Operculum is stout and circular. The Lace Murex prefers coral reefs, rubble, in sandy or muddy areas. The species is most commonly found in intertidal to shallows just off the beach. Its range is from North Carolina south to southern Florida and west to Panama along its Caribbean coast. It is the most common Florida Murex. It feeds on many species of bivalves, by boring a hole in the shell to feed on its occupant It is closely related to the West Indian Lace Murex.
One Lace Murex 1 6/8 or more inches....... .24
Virqenues Murex Shell
One Virqenues Murex Shell 2 to 3 3/8 inches or less...... .19
Indivia Albino (Long Spine) Murex Shell
One Indivia Albino (Long Spine) Murex shell 3 to 4 inches ...... $3.95
Indivia Albino (Long Spine) Murex Shell
One Indivia Albino (Long Spine) Murex shell 4 or more inches......$4.50
Murex Indivia Long Spine
One Indivia (Long Spine) Murex shell 3 3/8 to 4 inches ...... $2.75
One Indivia (Long Spine) Murex shell 4 or more inches ...... $3.95
MUREX ALABASTERS SHELLS
The Murex Alabaster is coveted for its spines and frills. This is easily seen in the listing picture.
This shell is found in the Indo-Pacific region; ranging from the Indian Ocean to the Northern Australian shores.
One Murex Alabaster shell 4 7/8 inches or less......$17
Timbellus miyokoae, common name : the Miyoko Murex, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails; found along the Philippines. The Miyokoae Murex not common and are considered collector shells.
One Murex Miyokoae shell 1 1/2 inches or more .......$45
Chicoreus saulii is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae. This species is distributed in the Indian Ocean along the Mascarene Basin; in the Pacific Ocean along Japan and Papua New Guinea. They are not common and considered to be a collector specimen shell.
Murex shells are colorful with many varieties of frills. The Murex Saulii is popular for both color and frills. You can see this in the example picture. Murex's are heavy shells with a few light and fragile. This specimen is from the Indo-Pacific region. Most murex shells prefer tropical seas and stay close to reefs, where they prey on invertebrates.
One Murex Saulii shell 2 1/2 inches or more ......OUT OF STOCK