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File:Hexaplex hertweckorum fossil murex snail shell (Pinecrest Sand Member, Tamiami Formation, Pliocene; Sarasota County, Gulf Coast of Florida, USA) (15043705508).jpg

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Hexaplex hertweckorum (Petuch, 1988) fossil murex snail shell (7.7 cm across at its widest) from the Pliocene of Florida. It has some encrusting cheilostome bryozoans and worm tubes, plus many small borings.

Classification: Animalia, Mollusca, Gastropoda, Neogastropoda, Muricoidea, Muricidae

The muricid snails are predators with highly spinose shells. Shown here is a spectacular, complete fossil muricid snail shell with unbroken spines. The only significant alteration that’s taken place is natural bleaching of the original coloration (cf. with a modern species of Hexaplex elsewhere in this photo album).

Stratigraphy & age: Pinecrest Sand Member (a.k.a. Fruitville Formation), uppermost Tamiami Formation, middle to late Pliocene

Locality: Sarasota County (possibly from the Warren Brothers pit/Macasphalt Newburn pit/APAC pit), Gulf Coast of Florida, USA

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Source Hexaplex hertweckorum fossil murex snail shell (Pinecrest Sand Member, Tamiami Formation, Pliocene; Sarasota County, Gulf Coast of Florida, USA)
Author James St. John

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