Conus bullatus Linnaeus, 1758
Bubble cone, 64mm

Conus bullatus is extremely rare in the Marshalls. We know of two living animals, one found on the intertidal reef south of Meck Island and one from the salt water intake trench on the reef at Kwajalein at night. Several empty shells have been found on the oceanside beach at Bigej Island. Curiously, we have also seen a few old empty shells deep on the leeward seaward reef slope, so it seems that this species might have a somewhat disjointed distribution in the atoll. Conus bullatus is a fish-eating bubble cone, and is therefore potentially one of the more venomous species.

Created 4 July 2009

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