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Elongate cone

The Conus mozambicus is a species of medium-sized sea snail, a predatory marine gastropod mollusc in the family Conidae, the cone snails or cone shells.

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Distribution

The Conus mozambicus cone is known off the southern African coast from Lüderitz Bay to Mossel Bay, subtidally in shallow water. The species is endemic to this region.[1]

Description

The Conus mozambicus has a medium-sized shell which may grow to 65mm in total length. It has a sharply pointed spire. The shell colour is dull and mottled with brown, and there may be darker blotches at the shoulder. The spire of the shell is stepped.[2]

Ecology

The Conus mozambicus feeds on polychaete worms. The egg capsules are vase-shaped and contain 19-23 eggs.[1]

Taxonomy

Synonyms of the Conus mozambicus cone include:

  • Conus caffer Krauss, 1848
  • Conus elongatus Holten, 1802
  • Conus informis Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus lautus Reeve, 1844
  • Conus macei Crosse, 1865

References

  1. ^ a b Kilburn R. & Rippey E. 1982. Sea Shells of Southern Africa Macmillan ISBN 0-86954-094-7
  2. ^ Branch, G.M., Branch, M.L, Griffiths, C.L. and Beckley, L.E. 2005. Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 0-86486-672-0
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