Conus virgo Linnaeus, 1758
Virgin cone, 118mm

Conus virgo is a moderately common, large cone shell found along lagoon reefs in sand and Halimeda algae patches, usually at depths of 3 to 10m. The shell is white to yellow with purple staining near the anterior end, but when alive is usually covered with a thick, opaque brown periostracum.

Sometimes, as on the shell below, the periostracum is a bit fuzzy.

Created 3 July 2009
Updated 14 October 2012

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