Murex Endiva (Hexaplex Cichoreum)
Approximate Size: Width 4″, Height 3″, Depth 3″
These Murex Endiva Shells are fairly common.
A must for any collector, it would make a great addition to your collection. Would also make a nice gift to another enthusiast.
The shape and colouring would make these a good subject for any art class, be it drawing, painting or photography.
The height of the oblong, fusiform shell normally varies between 50 mm and 150 mm. The short spire of the shell consists of eight to nine ventricose whorls that become flat-shouldered and thick with age. They are transversely ridged and striated. They show six to seven frondose varices, with the fronds elevated and recurved. The umbilicus is rather large and deep. Its colour is yellowish-brown, frequently banded with a darker tint. The fronds are usually dark brown or blackish. The white, almost round aperture has a rather long, open posterior siphonal canal that gradually widens, but is narrow and turns to the right at the beginning. lips are tinged with pink. There is also an all-white variety (var. albicans) from the Philippines.