Conus araneosus   sensu Lightfoot,  1786 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 70 mm; Width 43 mm

Color: Ground colour white or pinkish white,with triangular meshes interrupt the two transverse black or dark tan bands.

Moderately large to large, solid to heavy. Last whorl conical, generally broader; outline straight to slightly convex. Shoulder angulate, weakly to strongly tuberculate. Spire of low to moderate height, outline straight. Postnuclear spire whorls tuberculate. Later teleoconch sutural ramps concave and nearly smooth. Last whorl with weak spiral ribs above base.

Synonym (s)
Conus arachnoideus Gmelin, 1791
Conus araneosus Hwass in Bruguiere, 1792
Conus monstrosus Kuster, 1838
Conus peplum G. B. Sowerby II, 1857
Conus reticulatus Perry, 1811
Cucullus arenosus Roding, 1798
Cucullus stercusmuscarum Roding, 1798

Common Name (s)
• Araneosus Cone (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feed on gastropods, molluscs


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel (Lat: 14) (Long: 80.17) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.33) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.78) INDIA (Record: 28/11/2004) (Depth: 20 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Periyakuppam (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.78) INDIA (Record: 28/11/2004) (Depth: 20 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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