Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa

Conus lividus

Hwass in Brugu’ere, 1792
Moderately small to moderately large, moderately solid to moderately heavy. Last whorl conical to broadly conical; outline almost straight, somewhat convex within adapical fourth. Shoulder angulate, strongly to weakly tuberculate; tubercles occasionally obsolete. Spire of low to moderate height, outline straight to slightly concave. Last whorl with often variably granulose spiral ribs above the base, sometimes to centre. Last whorl light olive or yellowish brown with narrow white spiral bands at centre and below shoulder that may be suffused with bluish-grey or rose. Base dark purple. Apex usually pink. Later spire whorls and shoulder white, occasionally suffused with bluish grey or pale orangish violet. Aperture deep purple-violet behind a narrow orange-brown margin, with pale bands at centre and below shoulder.

Cone Collector's Guide:


Hutchinsons Shoal,  Australia
Size: 0mm    Collected: 2018
found on ocean side of rocky coral reef. dead shell 15 m depth

Flat Rock,  Australia
Size: 0mm    Collected: 1998
found in 5m of water on rocky reef in sand

Green Island,  Australia
Size: 4555mm    Collected: Unknown
Amongst rubble and some live coral on exposed reef flats at low tide

Taurama Beach,  Papua New Guinea
Size: 0mm    Collected: 1984
No data.

North West Island,  Australia
Size: 48.18mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected from sand on exposed coral reef by hand [low tide].

Kenya [unspecified],  Kenya
Size: 37.63mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected on coral reef by hand [low tide] at low tide.

The Gneerings off Mooloolabah,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected: 2000
Collected by diver. Courtesy S Grail.