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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Muricidae

Chicoreus florifer

(Reeve, 1846)

Lace Murex

Shell size to 70 mm; shell highly ornamented with approximately seven whorls. Three major varices decorated with about ten hollow, frond-like spines. Aperture small, rounded. Siphonal canal recurved. Color yellowish, light-brown, or brownish black in mature specimens to pink or white in young specimens. Juvenile shell bright pink. Egg capsules are vase-shaped and measure about 4 mm in height. Chicoreus dilectus (A. Adams, 1855) is a junior synonym. The photo of the egg capsules in the field was taken by Kim Trebatoski at Bunche Beach, Fort Myers, in June 2014.