Know your Muricidae
By Betty Hunter
It is with a considerable
measure of sadness that we bring you the most recent Betty Hunter
shell quiz. Betty, who had been suffering ill health since September,
died quite suddely of a heart attack in early December. Enjoy
your quiz. There is only one more of these immensely popular,
clever and erudite little tests of our shell knowledge to come.
- What species of the genus Chicoreus might be engaged in
the timber industry?
- What member of the genus Dermomurex would have a keen interest
in the grain industry?
- What member of the genus Homalocantha mentions a nocturnal
arachnid with a venomous sting?
- What species of Dermomurex might be an excellent proofreader
- What species of Dermomurex and Aspella each mention a different
form of Egyptian architecture?
- What member of the genus Naquetia immediately suggests a
religious order of monks and a species of monkeys?
- What rare species of Pterynotus suggests a lighthouse visible
throughout the night
- What species of Phyllonotus suggests a two-family dwelling?
- What murex suggests a person who is bat-brained or batty?
- What murex suggests a fluent, clear speaker?
- What Murexiella species name sounds like that of a serious
- What species of Siratus sounds like the name of a southern
- What species of Favartia names a mythical monster which
was half-man and half-bull?
- The genus Aspella boasts a set of twins. Homer describes
one as good at boxing and the other as good at taming horses.
Who are they?
- What species of Favartia was almost certainly a pauper?
- What species of Aspella is mysterious and often shows a
perplexing brevity of expression?
- What species of Chicoreus bears the name of the Greek goddess
of hunting and wild animals?
- What species of Haustellum suggests a woollen fabric usually
made in a twill weave?
- What genus and species of Muricidae names both the composer
and title of a French opera?
- What species of Litozamia is among Santa's most famous employees?
- What species of Chicoreus reminds one of a religious order
named after its founder?
- What species of Murexiella appears to be a member of Spain's
- What species of Chicoreus suggests a special kind of brown
- What species of Haustellum names a twentieth century U.S.
- What species of Nipponotrophon names a monster slain by
First published in the Jacksonville
Shell-O-Gram, edited by Bill Frank.
Betty Hunter, member
of the Jacksonville Shell Club and Conchologists of America
for many years, passed away Dec 3, 1996, mourned by her friends,
former Latin students and fellow collectors everywhere. We'll
miss her passion for shells and their names and for classical
lore and language.