Conus striatus Linnaeus, 1758
Striated cone, 107mm

Conus striatus is a large, relatively common cone shell that is found almost exclusively on lagoon reefs and pinnacles. By day it usually buries in sand under rocks. At night, it emerges to hunt fish. As a fish eater, its venom could easily be dangerous to humans, so this cone should be handled carefully if at all. The background color of the shell is usually white with brown markings underneath the yellow periostracum.

Conus striatus lays its large white egg capsules attached to the undersurfaces of rocks. Each capsule contains numerous eggs.

Here is a young specimen starting to show the adult shell pattern.

The three shots below certainly show juvenile Conus striatus.

These two appear to be even smaller juveniles. The animal is very similar to that of the larger juveniles above.

Here's one that is even smaller.

Created 4 July 2009
Updated 12 March 2012

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