Venus comb murex

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Venus comb murex
Fishbone Murex Shell (10 cm) (234941311).jpg
A live Murex pecten in situ
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Genus: Murex
Species: M. pecten
Binomial name
Murex pecten
Lightfoot, 1786

The Venus comb murex, scientific name Murex pecten, is a species of large predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the rock snails or murex snails. The shell of this Indo-Pacific species has a very long siphonal canal, and numerous spines.

Distribution[edit]

This species is native to Indo-Pacific waters.

Shell description[edit]

The shell of this snail has an extremely long siphonal canal.

The shell has over one hundred spines, which provide protection from predation, and prevent the snail from sinking in the soft mud. Like many other murex snails, it feeds on other mollusks.

This is a common species, but perfect specimens of the shell are not easily found because of the fragility of the numerous long spines. The species grows to between 10 and 15 cm in length.

X-ray image of the shell of Murex pecten, anterior end downwards.
Posterior and side views of a shell that is 15 cm long

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