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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: 2009-02-20
Categories: Molluscs
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-06 0:54
Viewed: 3628
Points: 34
[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.

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  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-03-06 3:56]

Witaj.
Widzę, że od pewnego czasu umieszczasz zdjęcia pięknych muszli. Podoba mi się to...tym bardziej, że nie łatwo zrobić jest dobre zdjęcie tak aby uzyskać trójwymiarowy efekt. Naprawdę Ci się to udało.
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam
Alina

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

hello Siegfried
beautiful sharpness
decorative this side
good light and nice colours

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-06 11:18]

Hi Siegfried. Once again you show us a good close up of a large shell which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. It stands out so well from the black BG. well done TFS intersting notes too.
Nick..

Have a good weekend.

Hello Siegfried,
another splendid picture of Murex taken from a very good POV, the sharpness and the colours are excellent, you have managed very well the exposure with beautiful white tonality against the black BG.
TFS
Best regards
Have a good weekend
Maurizio

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 924] (3871)
  • [2009-03-06 12:04]

Witam
Bardzo ciekawa muszla. Kolory i kompozycja bardzo dobra
Serdeczności
Marx

Ciao Siggi, wonderful light on splendid murex with fine details and great sharpness, wonderful dark BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-06 12:52]

Hello Siegfried.
Lovely composition.Sharp image with good detail.Light is also excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-06 13:07]

Hallo Siegfried,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,dark BG,details and compositio a lot.
Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-06 13:40]

hELLO Siegfried, another fine shot of this murax shell with excellent details.
TFS and G's,
Mehmet

Hello Siegfried. Number one quality! Perfect shot.
TFS and regards,
Bahadır

Merhaba Siggi,merkezden başlayan dairesel kıvrımları ile kabuğun güzelliğini çok iyi görüntülemişsin.Siyah fon ile yine boşlukta hissini oyandırıyor,ellerine sağlık :)

Another fine macro-study of a Chicoreus ramosus shell Siegfried, showing it from the apical or posterior end. Good shadow management indeed!
Cheers,
Mehmet

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-06 19:13]

Hola Siggi.
WOW Great Macro. Very sharp and You have an excellent note here to learn about this Murex.
Saludos
Luis52.

Hi MF Siggi, an another expertly taken macro capture of a murex shell from another POV with fine details and composition.
TFS and have a nice WE!
Cheers,
Bayram

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-07 1:12]

Merhaba Siggi,
Netlik ve detaylar, renkler ve pozlama her zamanki gibi çok güzel.
Tebrikler.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2009-03-07 8:45]

Siggi Your presentation on these sea shells are amazing and beauty. Perfect picture Ganesh

I keep on telling Dr Mehmet the sea is an unknown area for me, so I look at these wonders from there with a sense of awe, Siegfried. I am pleasantly stunned to look at this amazing shell you have photographed so well.
Thanks for sharing the picture and the rich information on it through your note.
Regards,
Ram

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