Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa
Conidae

Conus tessulatus

Born, 1778
Medium-sized to moderately large, moderately solid to moderately heavy. Last whorl conical to broadly conical. Shoulder subangulate to angulate. Spire of low to moderate height, outline concave. Last whorl with variously spaced, weak or incised, often punctate spiral grooves on abapical third._Ground colour white. Last whorl with spiral rows of orange to reddish brown rectangular spots or bars, often alternating with white markings. Dark markings usually cluster or fuse into spiral bands on each side of centre. Base light violet._Aperture white, often suffused with violet or pink.

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Specimens

Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Hutchinsons Shoal,  Australia
Size: 0mm    Collected: 2000
found dead in sand on coral reef
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Naru Wall,  Solomon Islands
Size: mm    Collected: 2000
found in sand close to coral reef in about 2m of water
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Taioha'e Bay,  Marquesas
Size: 33mm    Collected: 2000
On sand at night at 20-30m Collected by diver October 2000
Conus tessulatus   forma  edaphus
Conus tessulatus   forma  edaphus
Conus tessulatus   forma  edaphus
Baja California,  Mexico
Size: 40mm    Collected: 2004
collected at night on sand at 15m by diver collected 2004
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Eilat,  Egypt
Size: 45mm    Collected: 1967
in sand and rubble at 2-4m taken snorkling
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Papeete,  French Polynesia
Size: 35mm    Collected: 2013
in black sand in lagoon 1-2m
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Cuddalore,  India
Size: 55mm    Collected: Unknown
Trawled from 20-440m.
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Madagascar,  Madagascar
Size: 35mm    Collected: 2013
taken by diver at 8m giant shell
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Conus tessulatus
Mooloolabah,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected:
Collected by diver. Courtesy S Grail.