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Murex


Murex
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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: 2009-03
Categories: Molluscs
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 0:49
Viewed: 3920
Points: 24
[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.
Distribution
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.
Habitat
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. 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.
Distribution
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.
Habitat
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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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-16 0:54]

Hello Siegfried, splendid collage of the murex shots by you. Everyone are excellent.
TFS and G's,
Mehmet

Hi and Good Morning MF Siggi, what a great collage of a beutiful murex shell. Each one is great and well composed.
TFS and have a nice new week MF!
Cheers,

Bayram

Hello Siegfried,
excellent collage work showing the murex from all perspectives. Each picture is well exposed with good sharpness and details. Very informative notes too.
Thanks for the share,
Regards,
Smitha.

This is an EXCELLENT idea. You take what might be a mundane image and turn it into a true and complete lesson plan! Superior in every way and very unique and talented of you!
Bob

Hi Siegfried,
A beautiful collage showing this murex. Excellent sharp details and very good composition in every frame. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Siggi, lovely collage of splendid murex by different POV, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-16 10:44]

Hallo Siefried,
Excellent captures and collage.Very well done!
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting.

Hello Siegfried,
a beautiful collage of Murex taken from different POV showing well the peculiarities of this marvellous shell, good sharpness and beautiful colours.
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

Hello Siegfried, wonderful close-up shots of a Murex shel with excellent compositions and details.
TFS and regards,
Bahadır

Hello Siegried, excellent close-up shots of a sea shell. Great details and nice compositions.
TFS and regards, Deniz

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2009-03-17 15:19]

Siggi excellent collage of information. superb shot with different angles. i like the BG with superb colors. Ganesh

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-18 22:10]

Hi Siegfried,
a very pleasant presentation of the snails. Very well composed and it is such a lovely combinations.
sharp and clear and you used a very good lighting .

Regards,
Foozi

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