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The Stomach-Footed Mollusks, Class Gastropoda, Subclass Prosobranchia, Part 6

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by Bob Fenner

 

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Superfamily Muricacea. Heavy, conical shells and long siphonal canals. Drills (Muricidae): Murex, Urosalpinx, Eupleura, Purpura, Thais.

Family Muricidae: Murex

Murex/Hexaplex brassica (Lamarck 1822), the Cabbage Murex. Obverse below.  Costa Rica (Pacific side) 2011 

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Murex princeps, Spined Murex. Spines brownish black with distinctive white bands (when not overgrown!). To 5 inches. CA to Peru. Here in Puerto Vallarta 2015

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Murex ramosa Images of a live specimen and a cluster of eggs in Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, Polynesia. 

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Murex tribulus. East Africa, Red Sea to Fiji. Feeds on bivalves/mussels. N. Sulawesi pic.

Superfamily Buccinacea: Snails of many forms with long siphonal canals. Whelks (Buccinidae): Buccinum, Neptunea. Melongenidae: Busycon. Tulip Shells (Fasciolariidae): Fasciolaria, Mud Snails (Nassariidae): Nassarius, Ilyanassa.

Family Buccinidae:

Babylonia zeylanica, A good reference is http://www.nmr-pics.nl/Buccinidae/album/index.html
I wouldn't trust them around other Molluscs. They're predators and scavengers. Also, I didn't mention in the previous mail, but the common name is Babylon or Babylonia snail and I've seen them available from time to time on the 'net and locally.

Family Fasciolariidae: Tulip Snails

 

 

Fasciolaria tulipa, True Tulip. Shell spindle-shaped. Patterned in broken spirals of variable shape. Body dark colored, brown operculum. 3-6 inches usually, 10 maximum. Cozumel pic. 

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