Conus tessulatus   Born,  1778 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 40-70 mm

Color: White with brown blotches

Shell is thick and glossy, encircled by 17-25 rows of rectangular and quadrangular orange spots with scattered violet shadow. The spots usually crowded amd lead to form two transverse bands at adapical and abapical of the centre. The apex is white, tesselated with orange spots. The sides of the body whorl rounded or gently angled. Aperture is white and violet colored at base. Periostracum is thin, smooth and brownish in nature but opaque. Foot is yellowish white with brown buff, anteriorly spotted with black; proboscis is yellow tinged with brown, edged with yellow, with transverse black spot at the anterior end.

Synonym (s)
Conus pavimentum Roding, 1798
Conus lithostratus Meuschen and Dillwyn, 1817
Conus edaphus Dall, 1910

Common Name (s)
• Tessulate Cone (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
Venom produces tissue necroses and haemorhage at the site of infection)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Carnivores


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pazhayar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tharangambadi INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Keezha Karai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Hosseinzadeh, H; Daghoghi, B and Rameshi, H (2001) Atlas of the Persian Gulf molluscs Oman sea fisheries research center, Oman 208 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Kasinathan, R; Singarawadivelan, G and Saminathan, R (1997) Venomous cone snails of southeast coast of India 1 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune

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