Conus striatus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: coneshells

Size: Length 88 mm; Width 44 mm

Color: White, pink with brown lines; often cream with brownish-purple blotches.

Shell is quite thick, strong, Large, slim up to 12 cm, with rounded shoulders, a pointed spire with deep sutures, and an outer lip with pronounced posterior flare. Body whorl is pinkish white with irregularly arranged blackish cloudly blotches composed of very closely transverse lines. At the spire, early whorls are prominently elevated and end in an acutely pointed apex, later ones are concave and stepped. Shoulder of convex body whorl strongly keeled and angulated. Aperture is white and wide at the base. Periostracum yellowish brown, thin, and translucent. Foot, siphon and proboscis tan mottled with brown.

Synonym (s)
Conus chusaki da Motta, 1978
Conus floridus G. B. Sowerby II, 1858
Conus leoninus [Lightfoot], 1786
Conus subfloridus da Motta, 1985
Pionoconus striatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
• Striated cone (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Decoration; Venom causes paralysis to the skeletal musculature)

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


• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.23) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island (Lat: 8.75) (Long: 78.2) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 78.83) INDIA (Record: 15/12/2003) (Depth: 24 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 78.83) INDIA (Record: 15/12/2003) (Depth: 24 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Keezha Karai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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