Murex (Bolinus brandaris)

Common name: Murex

Scientific name: Bolinus brandaris (Risso, 1810)

Seasonality: all the year

Biological and ecological features of the species: A sea snail with a shell that has spiny extensions, it bulges at one end and is elongated at the other where it is long and straight. The outer surface is rough and covered with numerous irregular spiral lines. The external colour varies from yellow to brown.

Max length: 8 cm

Minimum conservation reference size: Not applicable

Fishing gear: Fyke nets

Nutritional qualities:  Murex species are marine gastropod mollusks captured in high amounts. Their edible meat is appreciated by consumers inspite of its toughness. From a nutritional point of view murex are a good source of minerals, protein, vitamin E and iron. Their meat is lean but with a good content of omega-3 fatty acids.

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