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image = Chicoreus ramosus 001.jpg
image_caption = Different views of a shell of Chicoreus ramosus
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Mollusca
classis = Gastropoda
unranked_superfamilia = clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
superfamilia = Muricoidea
familia = Muricidae
subfamilia = Muricinae
genus = Chicoreus
species = C. ramosus
binomial = Chicoreus ramosus
binomial_authority = (Linnaeus, 1758)
synonyms_ref =
synonyms =
  • Chicoreus (Chicoreus) ramosus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Murex fortispinna François, 1891
  • Murex frondosus sensu Martini Mørch, 1852
  • Murex inflatus Lamarck, 1822
  • Murex ramosus Linnaeus, 1758
  • Purpura fusiformis Röding, 1798
  • Purpura incarnata Röding, 1758

Chicoreus ramosus, common name the ramose murex or branched murex, is a species of predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the murex snails. It is considered an economically important species in the Indo-West Pacific, especially in India.


This sea snail is found widely spread in the Indo-West Pacific, and occurs from east to South Africa, including Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman, Aldabra, Chagos and Mauritius. It also occurs in eastern Polynesia, southern Japan, New Caledonia and Queensland in Australia.

Shell description

C. ramosus has a large, solid, very rugged and heavy shell, of up to 330 mm in length. It has a relatively globose outline, possessing a short spire, a slightly inflated body whorl, and a moderately long siphonal canal. One of its most striking ornamentations are the conspicuous, leaf-like, recurved hollow digitations. It also presents three spinose axial varices per whorl, with two elongated nodes between them. The shell is coloured white to light brown externally, with a white aperture, generally pink towards the inner edge, the outer lip and the columella.



The Ramose murex inhabits sandy and rubble bottoms near coral reefs, to depths of around 10 m.

Feeding habits

As is the case in other Muricidae,
C. ramosus'' is a carnivorous predatory species, usually feeding on bivalves and other gastropods.
  • Kilburn, R.N. & Rippey, E. (1982) Sea Shells of Southern Africa. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg, xi + 249 pp.
  • Steyn, D.G & Lussi, M. (2005). Offshore Shells of Southern Africa: A pictorial guide to more than 750 Gastropods. Published by the authors. pp. i–vi, 1–289
  • Houart R., Kilburn R.N. & Marais A.P. (2010) Muricidae. pp. 176–270, in: Marais A.P. & Seccombe A.D. (eds), Identification guide to the seashells of South Africa. Volume 1. Groenkloof: Centre for Molluscan Studies. 376 pp.

External links

  • Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata 10th revised edition, vol. 1: 824 pp. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. , available online at
  • page(s): 747
  • Branch, G. M. (2002). Two Oceans. 5th impression. David Philip, Cate Town & Johannesburg

  • Category:Muricidae
    Category:Gastropods described in 1758
    Category:Taxa named by Carl Linnaeus
    Category:Marine gastropods

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