Purpura persica (Linnaeus, 1758)
Persian purpura
Purpura persica
photo by Coltro, Marcus

Family:  Muricidae (purpuras, murex and rock shells), subfamily: Rapaninae
Max. size:  10 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Southeast and Northeast Asia.
Biology:  Collected locally for food in Southeast Asia (Ref. 349). Inhabits underside of corals and stones, or on rocks exposed to surf action (Ref. 349). Members of the order Neogastropoda are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 17.04.06
Modified by: Bato-David, Elizabeth - 07.03.13

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