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  • Ecphora Snail




    Murex Snail

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Mollusca
    Class: Gastropoda
    Order: Neogastropoda
    Family: Muricidae
    Genus: Ecphora
    Species: Ecphora choptankensis
    Author Citation Petuch, 1988

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Cenozoic
    Period: Neogene
    Epoch: Miocene


    Choptank Formation
    Drum Cliff Member


    Collector: Heather Siple
    Date Collected: 07/03/2018
    Acquired by: Field Collection


    Length: 3.5 cm
    Width: 4.0 cm
    Height: 3.2 cm


    Matoaka Beach
    Calvert County
    United States


    Unusual coloration. Typically these are red, sometimes with buff patches, but not usually all buff. The broken areas show the buff color to be a layer on the outside as there is red showing through the breakage.

    Collected from fallen cliff matrix in the bay containing index fossils of the Drum Cliff Member, Shattuck Zone 18.

    Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History

    User Feedback

    Most of the ones I find in that bed are tan.  Though I have seen a few red and a gray colored one. 


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