Conus lynceus   G. B. Sowerby II,  1858 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Paul Kersten

Size: 50-89 mm

Color: Ground colour white to pale grey or beige, sometimes with pale bluish violet axial streaks. Last whorl with spiral rows of yellowish to reddish or dark brown dots, bars, and flecks, generally fusing into 2-3 interrupted or almost solid spiral bands, on each side of centre and sometimes below shoulder. Some shells have spiral rows replaced by distinct to obsolete, narrow light brown bands, also concentrated into 2-3 broader bands. Larval whorls white to brown. In shells with usual last whorl pattern, postnuclear sutural ramps with brown to reddish or dark brown radial markings. Aperture white, violet to orange, paler deep within.

Medium-sized to large, moderately solid to solid. Last whorl ventricosely conical; outline convex at adapical third, less so or straight below. Shoulder angulate to subangulate. Spire usually of moderate height, outline concave to nearly straight. Larval shell of 3 or more whorls, maximum diameter about 0.8 mm. First 2-4 postnuclear whorls tuberculate. Teleoconch sutural ramps flat to slightly concave, with 0-1 increasing to 7, sometimes to 11 spiral grooves that contain spiral threads in latest whorls. Last whorl usually almost smooth; in subadult and some adult shells, rather widely spaced weak spiral grooves below or to shoulder, with variably broad ribbons between.

Synonym (s)
Asprella lyncea (G.B. Sowerby II, 1858)
Conus cavailloni Fenaux, 1942
Conus phuketensis da Motta, 1978

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



Literature Source(s)
  • Field Museum (FMNH) ( Available at -
  • 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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