As its name suggests, the tips of the Rose Branch Murex are tinged a delicate shade of pink, whilst its surface colour alternates stripes of brown and tan.
Highly sculptured and ornate, the rough exterior gives way to a beautifully smooth inner surface.
There are 700 known species in this beautiful family of shells and they are noted for their unique shape and curving spines.
Typically feeding on bivalves, shrimp, and sponge among other creatures of similar size, they can be found in sand or mud flats, and on coral reefs.
When the frond-like spines are coated with sea moss, the shell may be completely camouflaged amid rocks or on reefs.
The Rose Branch species (chicoreus palmarosae) is common among the shallow waters of the Indo Pacific Ocean.
Size: approx 7-8 cm long