Conomurex luhuanus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Conomurex luhuanus
Conomurex luhuanus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 27 August 2006
Location: 
NW Solitary Island
Depth: 
8m
Conomurex luhuanus
Conomurex luhuanus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 27 August 2006
Location: 
NW Solitary Island
Depth: 
8m
Common name: Red Mouthed Stromb
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Known from the Indo-West Pacific region. In Australia from Torres Strait south to at least Shellharbour, New South Wales.  Some isolated records from north western Western Australia.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents sea grass areas in intertidal and shallow subtidal areas. 

Additional Notes:

Shell solid and heavy, conical in overall shape, apeture elongate, outer lip orange internally with the deep interior of the apeture pink. Exterior white or pink with around seven spiral brown bands on body whorl with axial zig-zag lines more prominent in spiral bands. May occur in large numbers in suitable habitat in the tropics. Young shells may be mistaken for unrelated cone shells. Common in the tropics, less abundant further south and uncommon in New South Wales. Grows to 73 mm.

References:

The Seashells of New South Wales, Des Beechey, Senior Fellow, Australian Museum, Release 25. Website at https://seashellsofnsw.org.au/Strombidae/Pages/Strombus_luhuanus.htm. Accessed 28/10/2018.