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Siratus alabaster 165 (Muricoidea: Muricidae: Muricinae)
08-18-2018, 09:23 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-18-2018, 09:37 AM by JackSullivan.)
Siratus alabaster 165 (Muricoidea: Muricidae: Muricinae)
Beautiful pure white shell from the PI.

Besides there use for dyestuff manufacture in the Mediterranean, the Muricidae are found nearly worldwide: Australia, New Zealand, Mexico. They have a unique metabolic pathway that starts with the amino acid tryptophan & results in a colorless molecule that contains bromine, one of the halogens it extracts from sea water. Bromine tends to make chemicals containing it toxic & it is thought that this brominated indole compound is used for antimicrobial protection of the snail's egg masses.

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