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

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Size: 40-70 mm.

Color: Brown with white blotches.

Shell is light, strong with smooth surface, having large and small overlapping tentmarkings with white shade inside. Number of undulating axial brown lines interrupted by white triangles arranged as scales. Early two or three interrupted orange brownish bands are streaked axially by the wavy darker brown lines. Spires are straight with gently concave sides with 9-11 whorls. The last whorl (body whorl) has gently or strongly convex sides with a rounded or a slightly angulated shoulder with low spiral ridges towards the base. Aperture is narrow at posterior and broad at anterior or base. Columella straight, periostracum is smooth and thin pale yellowish and opaque.

Synonym (s)
Conus textile Linnaeus, 1758
(Senior synonym)
Cylinder textile (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Senior synonym)
Darioconus textile (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Senior synonym)
Conus concatenatus Kiener, 1845
Conus dilectus Gould, 1850
Conus gloriamaris Perry, 1810
Conus panniculus Lamarck, 1810
Conus reteaureum Perry, 1811
Conus scriptus G. B. Sowerby II, 1858
Conus textile var. ponderosa Dautzenberg, 1932
Conus tigrinus G. B. Sowerby II, 1858
Conus verriculum Reeve, 1843
Cucullus auratus Roding, 1798
Cucullus aurelius Roding, 1798
Cucullus auriger Roding, 1798
Darioconus textilis osullivani Iredale, 1931

Common Name (s)
• Cloth of Gold Cone (English)
• Textile Cone (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(For decoration, locally used as food.
Venom is dangerous causing fatalities and even human death.)

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


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Off Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 06/2002-05/2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 78.83) INDIA (Record: 12/03/2003) (Depth: 35 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 78.83) INDIA (Record: 12/03/2003) (Depth: 35 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Keezha Karai INDIA

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