Conus aulicus

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Conus aulicus
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Apertural view of a shell of Conus aulicus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. aulicus
Binomial name
Conus aulicus
Linnaeus, 1758
  • Conus (Darioconus) aulicus Linnaeus, 1758 accepted, alternate representation
  • Conus amadis var. aurantia Dautzenberg, 1937 (invalid: junior homonym of Conus aurantius Hwass in Bruguière, 1792)
  • Conus aulicus var. propenudus Melvill, 1900
  • Conus aulicus var. roseus G. B. Sowerby II, 1834
  • Conus auratus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus aurifer Röding, P.F., 1798
  • Conus gracianus da Motta, 1982
  • Conus particolor Perry, 1810
  • Cucullus aurifer Röding, 1798
  • Darioconus aulicus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Darioconus auratus Hwass, C.H. in Bruguière, J.G., 1792

Conus aulicus, common name the princely cone, is a species of a predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails, cone shells or cones.[1]


The size of an adult shell varies between 65 mm and 163 mm. The shell is rather narrow and has an elevated spire. The color of the shell is chocolate-brown, covered by elevated close revolving lines of darker color. The surface is irregularly overlaid by subtriangular white spots, some of which are very large. The operculum is a very minute square on the dorsal surface of the hinder part of the foot.

The proboscis of Conus aulicus is varied with red and white.[2]


This marine species occurs in the Indian Ocean off Chagos[1] and Mauritius;[1] in the Indo-Pacific Region (excl. Hawaii).

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  1. ^ a b c d Bouchet, P. (2015). Conus aulicus Linnaeus, 1758. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2015-07-18
  2. ^ George Washington Tryon, Manual of Conchology, vol. VI p. 93; 1879