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Conus moluccensis

Conus moluccensis, common name the Molucca cone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[2]

Like all species within the genus Conus, these snails are predatory and venomous. They are capable of "stinging" humans, therefore live ones should be handled carefully or not at all.

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Subspecies

  • Conus moluccensis moluccensis Küster, 1838
  • Conus moluccensis vappereaui Monteiro, 2009:[3][4] synonym of Conus vappereaui Monteiro, 2009
  • Conus moluccensis marielae Rehder & Wilson, 1975, status = unaccepted.

This is not a subspecies, but rather is a distinct species: Conus marielae Rehder & Wilson, 1975.[5][6]

Description

The size of an adult shell varies between 30 mm and 60 mm. The coronated shell is yellowish white, marbled and streaked with chestnut, with minute revolving lines of granules, which are often somewhat articulated red-brown and white.[7]

Distribution

This species occurs in the Indian Ocean along the Mascarene Basin[2]

References

  1. ^ Küster, H. C., 1838. Coneae, oder Conidae, I. Conus, Linne. Systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet von Martini und Chemnitz, neu herausgegeben und vervollstdndigt von H.C. Küster, 2.
  2. ^ a b c Conus moluccensis Küster, 1838.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 31 July 2011.
  3. ^ Conus moluccensis vappereaui Monteiro, 2009.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 16 February 2010.
  4. ^ Monteiro (2009). Visaya 2(5): 88-90.
  5. ^ Conus marielae Rehder & Wilson, 1975.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 6 April 2011.
  6. ^ Rehder H. A. & Wilson B. R. (1975). "New Species of Marine Mollusks from Pitcairn Island and the Marquesas". Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 203: 1-16. page 14-16. PDF.
  7. ^ George Washington Tryon, Manual of Conchology vol. VI, p. 26; 1879
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