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Shell of the Week: The Hexagonal Murex

Murexsul oxytatus(M. Smith, 1938) reaches 40 mm (about 1.6 inches). The shell is lozenge-shaped, and the shell sculpture includes about 7–8 raised ribs per whorl, each rib bearing a number of sharp, fluted projections. The color is variable, ranging from white to salmon pink. The interior of the aperture is usually white.


The Hexagonal Murex, Murexsul oxytatus, from off Pompano Beach, Florida. Illustration by Patricia A. Starkey.

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