Conus arenatus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
Salt & Pepper cone, 37mm

Conus arenatus is moderately uncommon in sandy lagoon areas as well as in sand bottomed surge channels on the seaward reef at depths of 5 to 20m. It lives buried just under the sand, sometimes making trails in the sand as it moves around. Its shell is similar in color to Conus pulicarius and C. eburneus, but it is usually smaller and the black dots are finer and more clustered.

The specimen below was found completely buried in the sand with its proboscis extended into a rock that was also completely buried in sand. Unfortunately, we could not tell what it was trying to eat, but we suspect some kind of worm.

This shell is occupied by a hermit crab.

Created 4 July 2009
Updated 7 January 2013

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