Muricidae


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Muricidae

[‚myu̇′ris·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
A family of predatory gastropod mollusks in the order Neogastropoda; contains the rock snails.

Muricidae

 

a family of marine gastropod mollusks of the subclass Prosobranchia. The shell is spirally wound, often with thorn-like or needle-like processes. The mantle contains a pair of glands, whose secretions were used in antiquity to obtain Tyrian purple for dyeing textiles. Muricidae are most numerous in tropical and subtropical seas; in the USSR there are several species in the Black, Far Eastern (the genus Rapana), and Northern seas. All Muricidae are predators, boring into the shells of other mollusks with an acid secretion (saliva) and eating their bodies.

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Number of species of gastropods distributed in each family reveals that 10 species belongs to family Muricidae, 9 species to Neritidae, 6 species to Trochidae and 4 species to Bursidae.
Of these, 10 species belongs to family Muricidae, 9 species to Neritidae, 6 species to Trochidae and 4 species to Bursidae.
Families Trochidae and Cerithiidae represent the highest diverse ones (6 and 4 species, respectively) followed by families Nassariidae and Muricidae by 3 species for each.
Itzagaondoa * * Arraitza Ardanatz Ardanatz * Sandstone Lithological Outcrops Muricidae Athleta Conidae units indet.
The most speciose families were the Cypraeidae (seven species), Ranellidae (seven), Muricidae (seven) and Trochidae (six).
Studies of boring gastropods have largely focused on the drilling behaviors and patterns for Muricidae and Naticidae.
Como se deduce del mito, la purpura se obtiene de gasteropodos marinos, concretamente de la familia de los muricidae o murex, cuya glandula hipobranquial segrega un mucus con cromogenos o pigmentos que sirven para su actividad celular y como mecanismo de defensa frente a otros organismos (8).
15 0,36 10 0,79 13 Ruditapes decussatus 2113 51,32 167 13,29 1219 Scrobicularia plana 2 0,04 1 0,07 1 Solen marginatus 531 12,89 127 10,11 200 Veneridae 3 0,07 3 0,23 3 Venus verrucosa 2 0,04 2 0,15 9 Total bivalvos marinos 3392 82,39 700 55,73 5561 Gasteropodos marinos NR %NR NMI %NMI Peso Bolinus brandaris 17 0,41 17 1,35 142 Cerithium vulgatum 47 1,14 47 3,75 107 Columbella rus-tica 1 0,02 1 0,07 1 Conus mediterraneus 1 0,02 1 0,07 2 Cymatium parthenopeum 1 0,02 1 0,07 4 Cypraeidae 1 0,02 1 0,07 1 Charonia lampas 19 0,46 16 1,28 483 Gasteropodo indeterminado 2 0,04 2 0,15 5 Hexaplex trunculus 247 5,99 155 12,34 1253 Muricidae 1 0,02 1 0,07 1 Nassarius reticulatus 11 0,26 11 0,87 14 Ocenebra erinacea 2 0,04 2 0,15 3 Osilinus lineatus 320 7,77 250 19,9 1503 Osilinus sp.
Por un lado, los adornos mayoritariamente representados, integrados por aquellos soportes poco o nada modificados, donde segun su apariencia morfologica y diferencias de genero encontramos formas alargadas --Dentalium, Turritela, Cerithium rupestre--, redondeadas de tipo aplanado --Cerastoderma edule, Glycymeris, Donax-- y globulares --Theodoxus, Muricidae, Trivia, Natica, Littorina--.
Boring snails, including those in the families Muricidae, Naticidae, and likely Ranellidae, are major predators on skate eggs and predation rates in nursery grounds can reach 40% or more (Lucifora and Garcla, 2004; Hoff, 2007).
plumieri se destacan las especies de gasteropodos de las familias Muricidae, Bursidae y Buccinidae que se distinguen por poseer conchas coniformes y tener un amplio espectro alimenticio (carnivoros de tejidos blandos de corales, esponjas, tunicados, equinodermos y otros moluscos, herbivoros y detritivoros) (Diaz & Puyana 1994).