Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa
Conidae

Conus obscurus

G B Sowerby I, 1833
Shell: small to moderately small, thin, elliptical to sub cylidrical, ranging from 15-28mm. Spire to very low, about 0%-13% of shell height. Shoulder angled, sub sutural ramp incised with fine radial lines. Sculpture: smooth with weak spiral ribs towards the siphonal canal. Aperture wide at the base becoming narrower at the shoulder. Exterior base colour pink to mauve, with white, tan or brown clouds, flames or blotches often forming 3 radial bands, overlaid with spiral rows of alternating brown and white dots and dashes. Aperture pale mauve, outer patterns showing through.


Specimens

Flat Rock,  Australia
Size: 24.12mm    Collected: 1998
Collected from under rocks in course sand at 12-15m by diver.

Lady Musgrave Is,  Australia
Size: 24.1mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from reef at low tide.

Charapoana Island,  Solomon Islands
Size: 15mm    Collected: 2000
found dead in sand on coral reef in 10m of water. shell fragment only

Rabaul,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 25.47mm    Collected: Unknown
No data.

Port Vila,  Vanuatu
Size: 28mm    Collected: 1999
No data.

Philippines,  Philippines
Size: 27mm    Collected: Unknown
No data.