The Murex or Muricidae Family of shells are some of the most beautiful shells in the world
They range in colors from snowy white to shades of brown and black with pink interiors. You will find them with long spines, crevices, and whorls. Much of these unusual shapes are reflective of the way in which they grow. The Murex animal often produces its shell growth in spurts and then rests before it begins to grow again. I call the Murex shell the Royal Family of Shells because of their role in history of producing the Royal Purple dye. If you are interested in how this family of shells revolutionized the garment industry, you might want to click here to read my story entitled.,"Garments of Gray To Garments of Glory". There are at least 1,000 different species of the Murex shell. Each animal in the Murex family has some common traits they share.
Murex shell animals are carnivorous. They enjoy eating other shell animals such as clams, sea snails , and barnacles.
Murex shell animals prefer rocky areas. That is why they are also referred to as Rock Shells.
Murex shell animals have a common defense mechanism in that they have an operculum (trap door) that resembles a piece of leather. Once closed, these trap doors are very hard to open . Some species are covered with an extreme number of sharp spines which discourages enemies from attacking them.
Murex shell animals reproduce by laying eggs-capsules from which their young emerge.
It is not possible for me have all 1,000 different members of the Murex Shells available but I do try to keep on hand some of the more popular ones such as the ones listed below. Should you be interested in a particular species of Murex shell, contact me and I will see if I can have it on hand when you come to visit the Old Gray House. If you would like to Contact me:
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When You Visit The Old Gray House.