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

Size: 40-73 mm

Color: Ground colour white to bluish grey, variably overlaid with various shades of brown or yellowish orange. Axially streaked or spirally banded shells intergrade with nearly solidly coloured ones. Often, dashed or almost solid brown lines around last whorl. Larval whorls beige to pale brown. Teleoconch sutural ramps irregularly or axially streaked, matching last whorl in colouration. Aperture white to bluish white behind a translucent marginal zone, occasionally pale violet deep within. Periostracum yellowish or orangish brown to dark brown, moderately thick, opaque, with interlaced axial ridges and 10-18 widely and almost equally spaced often tufted spiral ridges on last whorl.

Medium-sized to moderately large, moderately solid to solid. Last whorl conical to ventricosely conical, sometimes approaching pyriform; outline variably convex adapically, less so or straight below; left side concave near base. Shoulder angulate to rounded. Spire of low to moderate height, outline straight to slightly concave or sigmoid. Early postnuclear whorls weakly tuberculate. Teleoconch sutural ramps flat to convex, with 2 increasing to 6-8 (occasionally to 10-11) spiral grooves, often obsolete on latest ramps. Last whorl with variably distinct wrinkled spiral ribs at base. C. h. concolor differs from C. h. hyaena in an usually straighter outline of the last whorl, a consistently angulate shoulder and a consistently low spire.

Synonym (s)
Conus halli da Motta, 1983
Conus hyaena Hwass in Bruguiere, 1792
Conus kobelti Lobbecke, 1882
Conus mutabilis Reeve, 1844
Conus tribunus Crosse, 1865
Conus unicolor Sowerby, 1834

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Rocky,Sandy
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Errant polychaetes mainly of the family Onuphidae but also Eunicidae and Nereidae


Literature Source(s)
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database: Taxa reported from regions in India (W) Available at -
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database Available at -
  • Kohn, AJ The Conus Biodiversity website Available at -
  • Association francaise de conchyliologie Available at -

Page last updated on:2011-08-11

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