Black Murex ~ Size: 8-10cm

Classification: Hexaplex radix 


The word Murex was used by the ancient Greeks which makes it one of the oldest shell names still used today.  The ancient Romans discovered the dye often called "Royal Purple" which was made from the mucus of selected species of Murex.  This costly dye was used for royal and ceremonial robes.


These shells are fairly heavy with a small pointed spire.


They have a unique shape and are noted for their ornamentation, with their curving intersected spines which are frilled at the ends. The exterior is rough but the colour of this beautiful shell is mainly white with purplish black spines,with a large smooth white aperture.


There are at least 700 known species of this family of shells, but all are stunning with their unique shape, colour and curving spines. 


A seashell therapy healing grid pack is available with this shell.


Black Murex Shell

  • Ecological Note

    Murex is the name given to a group of medium to large sized carnivorous tropical sea snails, feeding on shrimps, sponge and other similar creatures.

    Their habitat is mostly moderate to shallow water where they can be found feeding on mud flats and on coral reefs. Found in the range of Panama to Ecuador.

  • Seashell Therapy

    The black murex is a gastropod. In seashell healing the gastropod represents a more intense energy and can be placed anywhere on the body.

    For the base chakra (red) this shell will help to promote the energy of courage and motivation to remove yourself from any difficult or unpleasant situations, the spiky spines can represent a situation we may wish to clear, flowing into the smooth interior of the shell's opening to more calm waters.

    The murex also represents the colour purple, symbolising the richness of royalty and kings. Let this shell help us to hold our head high above water to receive the healing energy from this powerful shell.