Conus magnificus   Reeve,  1843 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Paul Kersten

Size: 55-92 mm

Color: Ground colour white, suffused with red. Last whorl overlaid with brown to red brown, leaving many tiny to medium-sized, separate or overlapping tentlike to rounded ground-colour markings, tents concentrated in 3-4 axial bands from base to shoulder, and in 3 spiral bands, below shoulder, below centre, and near base. Some shells with a rather regular network of brown lines and few small brown blotches. Brown zones interspersed with dark brown spiral lines articulated with small white dots or tents. Larval whorls and first postnuclear sutural ramps pinkish violet. Following ramps matching last whorl in colour pattern. Aperture white.

Moderately large to large, solid. Last whorl usually conoid-cylindrical to ventricosely conical or conical, outline slightly convex to straight, convex below shoulder. Shoulder subangulate to rounded, sometimes indistinct. Spire of moderate height; outline slightly concave to straight, with domed early postnuclear whorls. Larval shell multispiral and projecting, maximum diameter 0.6-0.7 mm. Teleoconch sutural ramps flat, often slightly concave in late whorls, with numerous obsolete spiral striae. Last whorl with closely spaced, rather weak spiral ribs basally and spiral threads above, surface with a high gloss.

Synonym (s)
Conus episcopus var. oblongus Fenaux, 1942
Conus magnificus macilentus Lauer, 1989
Conus pupillaris da Motta, 1982
Darioconus magnificus (Reeve, 1843)

Common Name (s)
• Maginificent Cone
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Rocky,Sandy


Literature Source(s)
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Kohn, AJ The Conus Biodiversity website Available at -
  • Mayhew, R Schooner specimen shells Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

Page last updated on:2011-08-11

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