Conus bayani   Jousseaume,  1872 (Protozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 54 mm; Width 25 mm

Color: Body whorl white To pinkish or cream, variously covered with deeply yellowish brown blotches

Shell is moderately thick, first eight whorls from top are highly elevated and pointed without any coloration. Body whorl is white with yellowish brown spots fused to form 2 to 3 transverse row of bands and with 12-15 moderately strong obligue ridges at the base, these seperated by shallow grooves which are finely punctate, rest of the body whorl smooth. Shoulder is rounded with sharp edges. Spires are white with irregular yellowish brown markings. Aperture also white with narrow base, columella straight. Periostracum thin and brown in color. Moderately lightweight with good gloss in fresh specimens. elongated sides of the body whorl nearly straight and tapering to a narrow base. Shoulder broad, carinate; spire moderately tall, extremely deeply concave; spire sharply pointed. The sultural ramp is concave and with vertical streaks these tend to form two broad broken spiral bands above and below the mid body whorl. Aperture is very narrow, straight, outer lip straight, sharp thin and fragile.

It feeds on small crustaceans and marine worms.

Synonym (s)
Stellaconus bayani (Jousseaume, 1872)

Common Name (s)
• bayani's Cone
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Muddy


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pazhayar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam INDIA
• Pondicherry, Kalapet (Lat: 11.76) (Long: 79.81) INDIA
• Pondicherry, Kalapet (Lat: 11.88) (Long: 79.8) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore (Lat: 11.7) (Long: 79.8) INDIA (Record: 8/12/2002) (Depth: 24 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Kasinathan, R; Singarawadivelan, G and Saminathan, R (1997) Venomous cone snails of southeast coast of India 1 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kohn, AJ The Conus Biodiversity website Available at -
  • Satheeshkumar, P. and Khan, AB (2010) Finding of (Conidae - Gastropoda) from Pondicherry coast, south east coast of India. World Journal of Zoology International Digital Organization for Scientific Information (IDOSI) 5(4) 249-251 Available at -
  • Indo/Pacific seashells Available at -
  • Franklin, JB; Fernando, SA; Chalke, BA; Krishnan, KS (2007) Radular morphology of Conus (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda: Conidae) from India Molluscan Research Magnolia Press 27(3) 111–122 Available at -

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