Conus litoglyphus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
Lithograph cone, 64mm

Conus litoglyphus is reasonably common in rocky areas of the seaward reef and lagoon pinnacles, and can be found occasionally on lagoon interisland reefs as well. They typically sit out in the open during the day, and their shells are usually covered with a thick tough growth of calcareous algae. The shells figured below are cleaner than those usually seen. The shell is dark brown with a central irregularly-shaped spiral band of white and a similar band around the shoulder, where the body whorl of the shell meets the spire. We usually see these at depths of about 6 to 30m.

Created 4 July 2009
Updated 11 June 2013

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