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Striated Cone

Conus striatus

Description:

This mollusk has a large, slim shell that can grow up to 12cm long, with rounded shoulders, a pointed spire with deep sutures, and an outer lip with a pronounced posterior flare. Common coloration of this species is cream with brownish-purple blotches. The animal hunts and eats fish, and is often observed at crevices and caves, preying on sleeping fish. It is venomous and can sting humans.

Habitat:

Habitat: sand bottom, around shallow reefs. Distribution: Indo-Pacific.

Notes:

This was a live one, which I spotted towards the last leg of a night dive at Dayang Beach. It was in shallow water, very close to shore (about 3m depth). I tried waiting for it to emerge from its shell, but I was already low on air and the surge was making me dizzy. You can see part of the mollusk's mantle in the 2nd photo.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 1, 2012

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