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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-20
Categories: Molluscs
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-02 3:44
Viewed: 4250
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Murex is a genus of medium to large sized predatory tropical sea snails. These are carnivorous marine gastropod molluscs in the family Muricidae, the murexes or rock snails.
The common name "murex" is also used for a large number of species in the family Muricidae, most of which in the past were originally given the Latin generic name Murex, but most of which have now been grouped in other newer genera.
The word murex was used by Aristotle in reference to these kinds of snails, thus Murex is arguably one of the oldest classical shell names still in use by the scientific community.
Murex is an Indo-Pacific genus, as demonstrated by Ponder & Vokes (1988). The species from the western Atlantic, which were formerly considered as Murex, are now placed in the genus Haustellum.
Most Murex species live in the intertidal or shallow subtidal zone, among rocks and corals.
Shell description
This genus includes many showy members, their elongate shells highly sculptured with spines or fronds. The inner surfaces of their ornate shells are often brightly coloured.
Human use
Costly and labor-intensive dyes Tyrian purple (or royal purple) and Tekhelet were historically made by the ancient phoenicians using mucous from the hypobranchial gland of two species commonly referred to as "murex", Murex brandaris and Murex trunculus, which are the older names for Haustellum brandaris and the Hexaplex trunculus.
This dye was used in royal robes, other kinds of special ceremonial or ritual garments, or garments indicating high rank. It featured prominently in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, the clothing of the High Priest (or Kohen Gadol) officiating there; it is sometimes still used by Jews today in the ritual fringes (tzitzit) on four-cornered garments.

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Hello Siegfried,
it is very beautiful image with great details, composition! I like this Murex!

Best regards, Leonid

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-02 7:00]

Lieber Siegfried,
Du zeigst uns hier die andere Seite der so schönen Murex-Muscheln. Für mich sind auch Deine Erklärungen interessant, da ich als Bergmensch, die Meereseinwohner sehr schlecht kenne. Auch ist mir mit diesem Bild, der Ursprung der Purpurfarbe wieder in Erinnerung gerufen worden.
Auch dieses Gehäuse hast Du gekonnt fotografiert.
Einen schönen Abend

Merhaba Siggi,sanki bir dinazoru boşlukta izliyo gibiyim.Işık ve çekimin çok güzel,ellerine sağlık :)

Another fine one in a style similar to mehmet. but different. you have your own signature, not in types but in characteristics...Very good quality image!

Another fine aspect of Chicoreus ramosus shown perfectly over a dark BG Siegfried, the salient characteristics of the beautiful shell are depicted superbly in this nice image. TFS indeed!
P.s.: You had posted another fine image of a shell a few days ago, but it belonged to a Lambis snail, not to an Aporrhais pespelecani as you had suggested...

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-02 9:03]

Hallo Siegfried,
Lovely close up.Well framed and composed.Excellent exposure,lighting and details.
Thanks for posting.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-02 9:32]

Hello Siegfried, another excellent shot of a murex shell.
TFS and G's,

Hi Siegfried,
A nice capture of this beautiful murex shell. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Siegfried
beautiful sharpness
great details and nice colours
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-02 11:35]

Hi Siegfried. Each one is a beauty and you take such fine pictures of them. This one has fine detail and birght colours. wel ldone TFS.

Hi Siggi, another fine and expertly taken macro of a murax shell MF. Nice POV and composition too.
TFS and cheers,

Excellent close up shot of a sea shell Siegfried.
i liked it so much. TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-02 12:03]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo y atractiva presentación.
agradable presentación,

striking shell, TFS Ori

wonderful shell colection Siggi !
I like very much the composition , very fine details and perfect sharp ,nice colours ,
well done !TFS,

Ciao Siggi, fantastic murex with wonderful details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Siegfried,
another beautiful image of Murex taken with outstanding sharpness and lighting, POV, composition and colours are excellent, a very good quality.
Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-02 14:55]

Hi Siggi,

Another wow! This is stunning. The shape of this shell is beautiful. Wonderful colors and details - the picture makes me want to pick it up and feel it. Superb background and composition.



This what I like about this site. Your picture is a very good photograph wiht good lighting and crisp focus, but the subject is most interesting. I would not have thought of taking such a picture.

Thanks for sharing. - bob

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-03 19:38]

Siggi My friend, you seem to be researching on this and all your shots are superb. Excellent note and well supported. Ganesh

Guten morgen Siggi!
I haven't seen this pic of You before, but the style and the quality totally reminded me to Mr. Mehmet Atatur (matatur). Absolutely great and spectacular shell shot with awesome lighting and contrast. Bravo.
Have a nice weekend, friendly regards, László

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