Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa

Conus miles

Linnaeus, 1758
Moderately large to large, solid to heavy. Last whorl conical or ventricosely conical, rarely broadly conical; outline almost straight at right side, convex at left side and concave at basal fourth. Shoulder angulate, sometimes subangulate. Spire of low to moderate height, outline straight to slightly concave. Last whorl with widely spaced spiral ribs on basal third and a few spiral threads between; sculpture often obsolete in large specimens. Ground colour white. Last whorl with a variably broad dark brown spiral band above centre, also dark brown on basal fourth to third. Remaining areas clouded with lighter brown or olive, crossed by closely spaced to well separated, fine, brown to orange axial lines that extend to shoulder ramp. Aperture translucent.

Cone Collector's Guide:]


Flat Rock,  Australia
Size: 56.43mm    Collected: 1999
found on rocky reef in 23 m of water on rubble bottom covered with algae and coraline algae

Wolf Rock,  Australia
Size: 40.21mm    Collected: 1999
Collected from coarse rubble on rocky reef at 26m by diver. Periostracum still intact.

Lady Elliot Island,  Australia
Size: 69.93mm    Collected: Unknown
in gutters on shallow reef 1-3m depth

Sykes Reef,  Australia
Size: 73.58mm    Collected: 2019
Under rocks in rubble on weather edge of reef. At low tide.

Fitzroy Island,  Australia
Size: 72.39mm    Collected: Unknown
in gutters on shallow reef 1-3m depth

Pelorus Island,  Australia
Size: 73.66mm    Collected: Unknown
Taken by diver in 15m in coral and rubble on outer slope of fringing reef.

Marau Sound,  Solomon Islands
Size: 44.3mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected by diver.

Port Moresby,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 69.54mm    Collected: 1983

The Gneerings off Mooloolabah,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected:
Collected by diver. Courtesy S Grail.