Murex trapa, common name the rare-spined murex, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc of the family Muricidae, the rock snails.Bouchet, P. (2015). Murex trapa RÃ¶ding, 1798. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=743629 on 2015-12-23
This species is widespread from Madagascar and Mascarene Islands, South-Eastern India, Sri Lanka and the Andaman Sea to southern Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Southern Japan.Sealife Base
Murex trapa can be found in demersal, sandy habitats. of Murex trapa from Mauritius, on display at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano
Shells of Murex trapa can reach a length of , with a diameter of . These moderately large shells are fusiforms or club-shaped, with height and acute spire and prominent spiral ridges. Shell surface is normally light brown or blue-gray with some yellowish-brown on spines. The body whorl shows three spiny varices. The aperture is lenticular, with a white interior margin and deep red-brown within. The outer apertural lip is crenulated. The sipholal canal is straight and moderately long (about 13â€“47 mm). Three to four short spines are restricted to the basal half of siphonal canal. Bio Search
The rare-spined murex is an active predator, mainly feeding on other molluscs and barnacles.
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Category:Muricidae Category:Molluscs of the Indian Ocean Category:Molluscs of the Pacific Ocean Category:Gastropods described in 1798 Category:Taxa named by Peter Friedrich RÃ¶ding