Species Index

Conus textile
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name: Textile Cone

Distribution: Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region, from South Africa, east to at least Samoa, north to the Red Sea and Hong Kong, south to Lord Howe Island. In Australia recorded from near Carnarvon in Western Australia, around the tropical north to the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, south to South West Rocks in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: Frequents rocky and coral reef where it is found under rocks and coral slabs. Depth to at least 50 m.

Additional Notes: Shell has a moderately high spire, orange-brown base colour with two darker central bands, the whole overlaid with brown undulating axial lines and white triangular blotches. Aperture interior white. Feeds on molluscs, worms and small fish. Highly venomous and should not be handled. Grows to at least 10 cm.

References: Graham J. Edgar. Tropical Marine Life of Australia, 2019. New Holland Publishers Pty Ltd. p. 242.

Atlas of Living Australia website at Accessed 09/03/2022.