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Murex pecten Lightfoot,1786
Venus Comb Murex
The Venus comb murex, Murex pecten, is a species of large predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae, the rock snails or murex snails.
The shell has over one hundred spines, which provide protection from predation, and prevent the snail from sinking in the soft mud of the deep ocean bottom where it is found. Like many other murex snails, it feeds primarily on other mollusks.