Conus rufimaculosus Macpherson, 1959
Description: Shell medium to heavy in weight. Body whorl weakly convex at top, straight towards base; lower third sculptured with widely spaced spiral grooves. Shoulder angulate. Spire low, concave, with whorls deeply channeled. Aperture wider at base; outer lip convex. Background colour white, marked with orange-brown blotches and zigzag axial streaks; aperture pink in deep interior, white at lip.
Size: Up to 58 mm in length, typically 30-45 mm.
Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Fraser Is, Queensland, to Evans Head, NSW.
Habitat: Trawled in 50-84 metres. Uncommon.
Comparison: This species is separated from the other NSW deep water cones by the deeply channeled whorls on the spire and the mottled colour pattern.
Fig. 1 Southport, Queensland (C.395368)
Copyright Des Beechey 2004