Conus caracteristicus   Fischer von Waldheim,  1807 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 57 mm; Width 35 mm

Color: Dark brown or orange brown blotches interupted by three transverse white zones with scattered brown spots at the top, middel and base

Medium-sized to large, solid to heavy. Last whorl conical to broadly conical, outline convex below shoulder, straight towards base. Shoulder angulate to rounded. Spire of low to moderate height, early whorls projecting from an otherwise flat spire. First 5-6 postnuclear whorls tuberculate. Teleoconch sutural ramps flat, with 2 deep spiral grooves increasing to 3-4 major grooves and several spiral striae. Last whorl with weak or strong, alternating fine and coarse spiral ribs near base.

Synonym (s)
Conus brevis E. A. Smith, 1877
Conus characteristicus Dillwyn, 1817
Conus masoni H. Nevill & N. Nevill, 1874
Conus muscosus Lamarck 1810

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

Habitat:  Sandy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada (Lat: 16.93) (Long: 82.22) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pazhayar INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore (Lat: 11.7) (Long: 79.8) INDIA (Record: 12/03/2004) (Depth: 20 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV (2003) Indian seashells Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata (Part 1) 416 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Ganesh, T; Raman, AV and Rao, KVS (2006) New records of marine molluscs from the northeast coast of India, Bay of Bengal Journal of the Bomaby Natural History Society BNHS, India 103(1) 29-33 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -
  • Poppe, GT and Poppe, P (1996) Conchology, Inc. Conchology, Inc. 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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