Conus nucleus Reeve, 1848
Nucleus cone, 24mm

Conus nucleus is uncommon in the Marshalls and found exclusively on the seaward reef, where they live under rocks or buried in rubbly by day and emerge in ledges and small caves at night. We have seen specimens at depths of about 13-20m. Walls and some others consider this a subspecies of Conus luteus, but the distinct and consistent differences in shell morphology as well as coloration of the animals argue strongly for separation.

Created 4 July 2009

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