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

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Size: 40-95 mm

Color: Ground colour white. Last whorl with spiral rows of small orange to dark brown spots, and with variable orange, brown, or violet axial streaks and blotches, sometimes coalescing axially as well as spirally. Larval whorls white. Postnuclear sutural ramps blotched with orange to dark brown, outer margins with brown spots.

Medium-sized to large, moderately solid. Last whorl usually narrowly cylindrical, outline straight and nearly parallel-sided at upper two-thirds, convex to straight towards base. Aperture wider at base than near shoulder. Shoulder subangulate to indistinct. Spire of moderate height, outline slightly convex to domed. Larval shell of 2.75-3 whorls, maximum diameter about 0.65 mm. First 6-7 postnuclear whorls tuberculate. Teleoconch sutural ramps almost flat, with 1 increasing to 4-10 spiral grooves. Last whorl with fine to strong, often granulose spiral ribs from base to shoulder, intervening grooves spirally striate and sometimes with one granulose spiral thread.

Synonym (s)
Conus nussatella var. tenuis G. B. Sowerby II, 1834
Hermes kawanishii Shikama, 1970
Hermes nussatella (Linnaeus, 1758)

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

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Sandy


• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.23) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island 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
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Gulbin, VV and Evseev, GA (1997) Intertidal Prosobranch Gastropods of Vietnam Galaxea Ryukyus University, Japan 13(2) 157-166 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Kohn, AJ The Conus Biodiversity website Available at -
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Paganelli, G Available at -

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