Chicoreus florifer

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Chicoreus (Triplex) florifer
Muricidae - Chicoreus florifer.JPG
Shell of Chicoreus florifer from Bahamas at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Subfamily: Muricinae
Genus: Chicoreus
Subgenus: Triplex
Species: C. florifer
Binomial name
Chicoreus (Triplex) florifer
(Reeve, 1846)
  • Chicoreus (Triplex) emilyae Petuch, 1987
  • Chicoreus dilectus (A. Adams, 1855)
  • Chicoreus rufus Lamarck, J.B.P.A. de, 1822
  • Murex arenarius Clench & Farfante, 1945
  • Murex dilectus A. Adams, 1855
  • Murex florifer Reeve, 1846
  • Murex rufus Lamarck, 1822
  • Murex salleanus A. Adams, 1854

Chicoreus (Triplex) florifer, common name : the flowery lace murex, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails.[1]

Subspecies and formae[edit]

  • Chicoreus (Triplex) florifer arenarius (f) Clench, W.J. & I. Pérez Farfante, 1945 [2]
  • Chicoreus (Triplex) florifer dilectus (f) (Adams, A., 1855)  :[3] the Florida lace murex (synonyms : Chicoreus (Triplex) florifer rachelcarsonae (f) Petuch, E.J., 1987; Chicoreus rachelcarsonae Petuch, E.J., 1987)
  • Chicoreus (Triplex) florifer emilyae (f) Petuch, E.J., 1987 [4]


The shell size varies between 35 mm and 93 mm. This shell is relatively elongate or fusoid and has a typical muricid outline. Three axial varices are present along its body whorl, each one ornamented by a characteristic row of leafy spines. Between the varices there is a shouldered axial rib. Aperture is small and subcircular. The outer apertural lip is dentate. The surface of the shell may be cream, pale rust-brown or deep brownish black. The interior is usually white.


This species is distributed in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and along North Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas.


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