Family: Muricidae. There are 700 known species in this beautiful family of shells. They are noted for their unique shape and curving spines. The Mollusk is carnivorous and typically feeds on bivalves, shrimp, and sponge that are of similar size. They can be found in sand or mud flats, and on coral reefs. When the frond-like spines are coated with sea moss, the shell may be completely camouflaged amid rocks or on reefs. Interesting Facts: The crimson color of royal purple was created by the Phoenicians by using the Murex brandaris shell. The rare and brilliant color was used by the emperors of Rome. At that time, the dye cost the equivalent of $10,000 a pound.
Paua Pearlized Seashells Haliotis australis. Found around New Zealand, the word Paua is Maori for abalone. Natural, the surface is yellowish and the interior is an irridescent mother of pearl. Commonly used for making jewelry. The outer side has been polished to reveal the beautiful iridescence of the sea shell. Measures approx 5".
Murex Brassica This pretty Brassica shell is naturally striped. Measures 3"-4" in size.
Large Snipes Bill Murex Murex haustellum South Pacific. An unusual shell with a long spine, resembling a bird's bill. Measures 4"-5" in size.
Rams Murex - Murex multiramosus 5"-7" Murex multiramosus. Also known as the Giant Murex, it is white and often has brown stripes. It has three varices carrying long, curved spines. The aperture is pink and the interior is white. This seashell is common to shallow reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. Measures approx 5"-7".
Pink Murex Seashells Measures 2" - 3". Great for Hermit Crabs too. The hermit crab opening measures approx. 1.25" in diameter.
Murex Endiva Sea Shells Hexaplex cichoreus. White with dark brown bands and ornamented with alternate strong and weak spiral ridges. The aperture is white. This seashell is found in the Southwestern Pacific. Measures approx 1.5"-3". Also great for baby Hermit Crabs. The hermit crab opening measures approx. .75" in diameter.
Apple Murex Sea Shells Phyllonotus pomum. This thick and solid sea shell features a slightly elongated shape with convex whorles. The sea shell consists of alternating thick and thin ribs which are nodular or spiny at the intersections. Common in depths of 1 to 20 meters from the S. E. United States to Brazil. Measures approx 2". Also great for Hermit Crabs. The hermit crab opening measures approx. 1" in diameter.
Regal Murex Sea Shells Phyllonotus regius. The aperture of this sea shell is bright pink with dark brown markings on the pariental shield. This seashell is common from the Southern part of the Gulf of California to Peru in shallow waters. Measures approx 3"-4". Also great for Hermit Crabs. The hermit crab opening measures approx. 1" in diameter.
Rams Murex - Murex ramosus - 3"-4" Hexaplex duplex. Murex ramosus. Similar to the Rams Murex, the African Murex features a brownish color on it's white sea shell and has smaller spines. This seashell is common to Western Africa. Measures approx 3"-4".
Venus Comb Murex Sea Shells Murex pecten. Murex ternispina. This seashell is common to the Indo-Pacific region. Resembles the skeleton of a fish. No one knows the exact reason for the needle-like spines of this mollusk. Scientists have theorized that the spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks, and that the spines prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is This seashell is commonly found. Interesting fact: the common name is derived from the famous painting by Botticelli- "Birth of Venus" Measures approx 3"-5".
Murex Endiva Long Spine Sea Shells Hexaplex chichoreus. This seashell is common to Southwestern Pacific. White and brown base protected by long black curvy spines. Measures approx 2".
Virgin Murex Sea Shells Chicoreus virgineus. This seashell is common to the Red Sea in shallow waters. Typical virgin murex is whiter than the picture shown at left. Measures approx 3"-3.5"
Woodcock Murex Sea Shells Murex scolopax. White sea shell with relatively few spines. This seashell is common to Indo-Pacific region. Measures approx 2".
Snipe Nose Murex Sea Shells Murex haustellum. Brown & Cream colored with a soft pink at its round aperture. Common in the Indo-Pacific region in depths of 3 to 20 meters. Measures approx. 2.5"-3"
Mindanao Murex Sea Shells Murex mindanoensis. This seashell is common to Philippine Islands in depths of 20 to 100 meters. Measures approx 2".
Black Murex Sea Shells Muricanthus nigritus. The apex and canal of this sea shell are large. Juvenile sea shells are almost white and become black with age. This seashell is common to inter-tidal waters around the Gulf of California. Measures 3"-6".
Dark Knight Murex Murex adustus. Originates in the South Pacific. Measure approximately 2"
Rams Murex- Murex multiramosus - Large - 8"-9" These Murex multiramosus seashells are big and beautiful! The slightly extended spines make this a very elegant looking seashell.
From the South Pacific, they measure approximately 8"-9".