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Conus ebraeus Linnaeus, 1758

Description: Shell solid and heavy. Body whorl convex at top third, straight or slightly concave below, sculptured with weak spiral ribs on lower half. Shoulder subangulate, strongly or weakly nodulose. Spire low to moderate height, straight or convex in outline, usually eroded. Spire whorls nodulose, flat or concave, with spiral grooves. Aperture narrow. Patterned with four spiral bands of black patches on a white background, the lower band compressed at base.

Size: Up to 62 mm in length, commonly 25-35 mm.

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

Habitat: Intertidal and subtidal to about 3 m, feeding on worms. Abundant in the tropics, decreasing in abundance to the end of range.

Fig. 1  Woolgoolga, NSW (C.349788)


Copyright Des Beechey 2004