Soldier cone, 80mm
Conus milesis common on a variety of lagoon and seaward reefs in the Marshalls. It is usually covered with a growth of coralline algae, making the shell hard to see.
Although these cones are often seen alive, the animals seem quite shy and usually do not expose themselves for the camera.
The still living specimen below had a large clump of a branching calcareous red algae, possibly Porolithon gardineri, growing on its spire.
Created 4 July 2009
Updated 27 March 2011
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