Conus mustelinus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
Mustelinus cone, 59mm

Conus mustelinus is rare at Kwajalein Atoll, known from very few specimens found on lagoon reefs. The species is not as rare, probably only moderately uncommon, at Enewetak Atoll. Most likely their apparent rarity is simply a matter of habitat. The living Kwajalein specimen below was found on an isolated reef on the sandy lagoon slope, a habitat not often examined for cone shells. Young specimens of Conus vexillum are often yellow and are sometimes mistaken for C. mustelinus.

The empty shell below was found on Enewetak Atoll in 1982.

Created 4 July 2009
Updated 20 May 2012

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