Muricidae is a highly diverse family of marine snails in the clade Neogastropoda, containing more than 1,500 extant species. Commonly referred to as murexes or rock snails, they vary greatly in form, color, and sculpture; their hallmarks are the often extensive spines and frills. All are carnivorous, most are predatory. Perhaps best known historically from several species, mainly Bolinus brandaris, being used to produce ancient purple dyes including the famed Tyrian purple.
Learn more about this burgeoning area of research in the Journal of Molluscan Studies.
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