Mud Walkman (Murex tribulus)

Also known as Black-spined Murex, Caltrop Murex, Murex Shell, Murex Seashell, Murex Snail, Rare-spine Murex, Skeleton Shell, Triple-spined Murex, Venus Comb

Description

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

Found in shallow muddy areas among corals and rocks.
They feed nocturnally on bivalves.
Very elongated siphonal canal with very long spines.
Length - 9cm
Depth - 1-15m
Widespread Indo-West 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. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murex_tribulus

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