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

Size: 65-163 mm

Color: Ground colour white, often variably suffused with pink. Last whorl overlaid with reddish to blackish brown, leaving small to moderately large ground-colour tents and blotches. Brown areas interspersed with darker brown to black spiral lines often articulated with ground-colour dots. Predominantly brown shells intergrade with predominantly white shells.

Moderately large to large, moderately solid to moderately heavy. Form gracianus moderately small to moderately large, moderately solid. Last whorl narrowly cylindrical to narrowly ovate, sometimes cylindrical to ovate, outline straight and parallel-sided to slightly convex, left side concave and right side straight at basal fourth. Aperture wider at base than near shoulder. Shoulder subangulate to rounded. Spire usually of moderate height, outline straight to slightly concave. Larval shell of 2.5-3 whorls, maximum diameter about 0.8 mm. First 2-5 postnuclear whorls tuberculate, sometimes weakly tuberculate. Teleoconch sutural ramps slightly concave to slightly convex, with 1 increasing to 3-4 spiral grooves in early whorls, late ramps with numerous spiral striae. Last whorl with fine, closely spaced spiral ribs on basal fourth to third and spiral threads above.

Synonym (s)
Conus amadis var. aurantia Dautzenberg, 1937
Conus aulicus var. propenudus Melvill, 1900
Conus aulicus var. roseus G.B. Sowerby II, 1834
Conus auratus Hwass in Bruguiere, 1792
Conus gracianus da Motta, 1982
Conus particolor Perry, 1810
Cucullus aurifer Roding, 1798
Darioconus aulicus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Sandy
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feeds on other gastropods but reportedly preys also on small fishes


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar (Lat: 9.17) (Long: 92.78) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • 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 -
  • Kohn, JA (1964) Notes on Indian Ocean atolls visited by the Yale Seychelles Expedition Atoll Research Bulletin The Pacific Science Board, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Washington, D. C Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kohn, AJ The Conus Biodiversity website Available at -
  • 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 -

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