Three-shaped Murex

Pterochelus triformis (Reeve, 1845)

They differ by having various forms of ridges including spiked, curled and branched. Like most snails in this family, they are predators, feeding on gastropods, bivalves and barnacles by drilling holes through the shells of their prey. Fresh shells have ornate sculpture but they are often badly damaged by the time they wash up onto beaches.

How to identify Pterochelus triformis?

A white to cream shell with three thin ridges with rounded knuckles on the shell between the ridges

What habitats does Pterochelus triformis live in?

Rock pools and subtidal areas of sheltered and exposed coast

What is the distribution of Pterochelus triformis?

Southern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Pterochelus triformis grow?

Can grow to around 60mm

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