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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