Conus malacanus   Hwass in Bruguiere,  1792 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: Length 45 mm; Width 25 mm

Color: Ground color white

Last whorl usually with 2 variably broad, continuous or interrupted brown spiral bands, leaving ground-color zones below shoulder, at centre and at base. Shell is moderately thin, usually medium-sized to moderately large, solid to heavy, last 3-4 whorls are white with 4 transverse bands on the top, there are 3 bands on the lower side of the body whorl. The lip is sharp and siphonal canal blunt with milky white color. The whorls are elevated and the sutures are quite clear. Usually interupted narrow transverse bands or lines or wavy axial flammules. The pattern at the shoulder often continued onto the spire to form an irregular pattern of markings.

Synonym (s)
Conus canaliculatus Dillwyn, 1817
Conus subcarinatu G. B. Sowerby II, 1865

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

Habitat:  Sandy


• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tharangambadi INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Karaikal INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA (Record: 1998)
• Tamil Nadu, Palayar (Lat: 11.43) (Long: 79.98) INDIA (Record: 29/12/2002) (Depth: 42 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Invertebrate zoology collections Available at -
  • Rajagopal, S; Khan, SA; Srinivasan, M and Shanmugam, A (1998) Gastropods of Parangipettai coast Annamalai University 38 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Fernando, AS and Fernando, OJ (2002) A field guide to the common invertebrates of the east coast of India Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology 1-258 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Kasinathan, R; Singarawadivelan, G and Saminathan, R (1997) Venomous cone snails of southeast coast of India 1 Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) 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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