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.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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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Fisiologia energetica de Concholepas concholepas (Bruguiere, 1789) (Gastropoda: Muricidae) en la Bahia de Yaldad, sur de Chile.
Columbellidae was the most representative family in terms of species number (6), followed by Pyramidellidae (4), Fissurellidae (3), and Muricidae (3).
Imposex induction in Stramonita haemastoma floridana (Conrad, 1837) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Muricidae) submitted to an organotin-contaminated diet.
However, the functional significance of axial lamellae--a distinctive type of shell sculpture found in Epitoniidae and several subfamilies of Muricidae (Webster and Vermeij, 2017)--remains puzzling.
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.
Reproductive ecology of the invasive whelk Rapana venosa Valenciennes, 1846, in the southeastern Black Sea (Gastropoda: Muricidae).
Extremely slow feeding in a tropical drilling ectoparasite, Vitularia salebrosa (King and Broderip, 1832) (Gastropoda: Muricidae), on molluscan hosts from Pacific Panama.
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.
Tafazona, <<Contribucion al conocimiento biologico pesquero del recurso "chanque" Concholepas concholepas (Bruguiere, 1789) (Gastropoda, Muricidae) en la zona de Pisco, Peru.>>, Revista de Ciencias, UNMSM, vol.
The most speciose families were the Cypraeidae (seven species), Ranellidae (seven), Muricidae (seven) and Trochidae (six).