What shell is this?

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  1. rhox

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    Hi I saw this insane shell at a shop and thought would be kwl if one of my hermits climbs in there but want to see what the creature looked like that was in there. However I can't find it on any website and was wondering if someone here mabey has a clue what this is.

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  3. Mr Dan

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    Wow that is an interesting specimen what is the location of the shop where you found it?
     
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    Paternoster on the west coast at a shell shop haha
     
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    closest guess I can come up with is a black murex (not sure though)
     
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    hexaplex cichoreum
     
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    That's close but this thing is more like a normal snail but just with spiky edges. Just want to see what crazy thing lives in there.
     
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    It certainly looks like a Hexaplex cichoreum. They belong to the Muricidae family, which are known predators of other molluscs. Distribution is restricted to West pacific. So place you got this from obviously got it from a shell re-seller.
    (Poutiers, J. M. (1998). "Gastropods". In Carpenter, K. E. & Niem, V. H. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific Volume 1. Seaweeds, corals, bivalves and gastropods. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes 1. Rome: FAO. p. 562. ISBN 92-5-104052-4.)
     
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    Angaria delphinus or delphinula. Found it at last. Crazy stuff. I had to go to another shell shop and they gave me a book to look through.
     
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    Excellent. Found along Madagascar and New Zealand, with such a wide distribution I am sure we get them along our shores. Good researching done. Not sure if they are predatory or not.
     
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    Angaria falls within Turbinidae family, which is mostly vegetarian.
    They are fairly common and found generally below 25m.
     
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