Conus retifer Menke, 1829
Netted cone, 55mm

Conus retifer is a moderately uncommon species that lives from the intertidal on interisland reefs down to at least 16m on seaward reefs and lagoon pinnacles. It is usually found under rocks or buried in rubble during the day and exposed in ledges and small caves at night. Like other tented cone shells, this one is a mollusk eater.

Larger specimens tend to get a bit more black in the shell.

This pair was mating when observed. The smaller was the male, and had its mating tentacle extending into the shell of the larger female.

Created 4 July 2009

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