Conus legatus Lamarck, 1810
Legate cone, 51mm

Conus legatus is another one of the molluscivorous tented cones. It is not rare, but most specimens you see are small, much smaller than the 51mm of the largest one we have seen here. They live in a variety of atoll habitats, including the seaward reef, lagoon pinnacles, and interisland reefs, where they are usually under rocks or buried in rubble by day or wandering about at night in search of prey. We have seen them eating species of the seashell families Mitridae, Costellariidae, and Cerithiidae.

Sometimes you might see several of them in the same area.

With an egg mass.

Created 4 July 2009
Updated 8 October 2016

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