Species Index

Conus coronatus
(Gmelin, 1791)

Distribution: Relatively common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found throughout the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia from around Geraldton in Western Australia, across the tropical north, throughout Queensland and south to around Sydney in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: A shallow water species found in small sand pockets on inter-tidal reef. Depth from intertidal to around 10 m.

Additional Notes: Shell medium to heavy in weight, patterned with interrupted spiral lines of alternating brown and white over diffuse, irregular, light to dark brown patches. Spire pointed, low to medium height, slightly convex sides, aperture deep interior blue white becoming purple brown near the margin. Feeds on polychaetes. Grows to 45 mm.

References: Australian Shells, BR Wilson, K Gillett, AH and AW Reed Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1980. p.83.

The Seashells of New South Wales, Des Beechey, Senior Fellow, Australian Museum, Release 25. Website at Accessed 28/10/2018.