Taxonomy Tuesday: Cabrit's Murex Snail

Taxonomy Tuesday: Cabrit's Murex Snail

Cabrit's murex shell (Vokesimurex cabritii) (Image: SERTC)

Cabrit's murex shell (Vokesimurex cabritii) (Image: SERTC)

This pretty-in-pink mollusk owns one of the most prized shells on the East Coast.

It's rare to find the shell of a Cabrit’s murex snail (Vokesimurex cabritii) on the beach, and even rarer still is the chance of finding one with some of its delicate spines intact.

At just a couple inches in length, the Cabrit’s murex is easy to miss. These marine snails live on the seafloor, and the spines on their shells help keep predators at bay. 

This specimen was collected off the coast of St. Helena Island and photographed by the Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center (SERTC) at our Marine Center in Charleston.

See more images from SERTC's collections here.

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