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Conus coronatus Gmelin, 1791

Description: Shell medium to heavy in weight. Body whorl with convex sides, sculptured with spiral grooves, varying from a few on the base to covering most of the body whorl. Shoulder subangulate to angulate, coronate. Spire low to medium height, straight sided; whorls with spiral grooves. Aperture wider at base. Patterned with spiral lines of alternating brown and white, over diffuse, irregular, light to dark brown patches.

Size: Up to 45 mm in length.

Distribution: Indo-West Pacific. In eastern Australia, as far south as Sydney, NSW.

Habitat: Lives intertidally and down to 10 m, feeding on worms. Common in the tropics, decreasing in abundance to uncommon and then to rare at the end of range.

Fig. 1   Wooli, NSW (C.131255)


Copyright Des Beechey 2004