Mud Walkman (Murex tribulus)

Also known as Murex Shells, Murex tribulus ternispina, Murex ternispina, Murex Snail, Murex Seashell, Triple-spined Murex, Black-spined Murex, Rare-spine Murex, Skeleton Shell, Venus Comb.

Description

Also known as Murex Shells, Murex tribulus ternispina, Murex ternispina, Murex Snail, Murex Seashell, Triple-spined Murex, Black-spined Murex, Rare-spine Murex, Skeleton Shell and Venus Comb.

Found in muddy areas among rocks and corals.
Very elongated siphonal canal with very long spines.
They feed nocturnally on bivalves.
Length - 9cm
Depth - 5-30m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Murex Shells feed on bivalves by boring a hole into the animal and inserting their proboscis to feed.
They come in a range of colours and blend in with their surroundings.
These shells are highly prized collectors items with their winged and pungent spines.
Some look like walking skeleton shells.

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