Hexaplex cichoreum, Endive Murex Shell.
These are selected natural murex shells from approved sources for crafts and interior/exterior decoration and aquarium use. Murex is the name given to a group of medium to large sized carnivorous tropical sea snails. Many of the species are found in Indo-Pacific waters in intertidal zones among rocks.
The word Murex was used by ancient Greeks which makes it one of the oldest shell names still used today. The dye often called “Royal Purple” was made from the mucus of selected species of Murex. This costly dye was used for royal and ceremonial robes. This sea snail distribution is restricted to the West Pacific. Regions where it is found include Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
Price is for 100 grams of shells. These are scooped randomly and shell sizes vary between approximately 3.5 to 8cm in length. Each 100 gram pack can contain anything between 5 to 12 shells depending on each individual shell size. Colour and size vary as shown in photos..
It is a natural product so may have nicks, chips and scratches.
With our increasingly sophisticated lifestyles aided by modern technology we are forging an ever growing demand on our fragile world's natural resources. Alongside our desire to learn about and collect natural objects, it is essential not to lose sight of our mandate to manage and care for all our natural wonders - seashells are by no means the least of them.
The biggest threat to seashells is the destruction of habitat, with pollution being the number one killer. We dump vast quantities of sewage, rubbish and industrial waste into our oceans. Tough controls are required if we are to sustain our natural marine resources for future generations.
In recent years a convention on international endangered species (CITES) was formed. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants (Including marine life) does not threaten their survival.
Our suppliers take pride in recycling over 99% of their shell products from audited, sustainable fishing activities. It is their mandate to only work with responsible sources and through understanding and knowledge bring shells to today's generation without endangering species for generations to come.