Murex shells are gastropods. My seashell reference book lists many shells with “murex” in their name. Here are a few that would be wonderful to find.
- The West Indian Murex (Chicoreus brevifrons) – pictured.
- The Florida Lace Murex (Chicoreus florifer dilectus)
- Giant Eastern Murex (Muricanthus fulvescens)
- Cabrit’s Murex (Murex cabritii)
- Apple Murex (Phyllonotus pomum)
A spikey shell is a characteristic of the murex. In perfect form it will look almost frilly. I have a large pink murex that I purchased many years ago – maybe 20 – that has only bumps where the spikes used to be.
The Cabrit’s murex has a long “tail” with spaced spikes that are usually broken off by the sand and waves. Click the link above to see it in perfect form.