Conus coronatus

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Conus coronatus
Miliariconus coronatus 01.JPG
Five views of a shell of Conus coronatus Gmelin, J.F., 1791
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. coronatus
Binomial name
Conus coronatus
Gmelin, 1791
  • Conus (Virroconus) coronatus Gmelin, 1791 accepted, alternate representation
  • Conus coronalis Roding, 1798
  • Conus minimus var. condoriana Crosse & Fischer, 1864
  • Conus parvus Gebauer, 1802
  • Conus virgineus Link, 1807
  • Cucullus coronalis Röding, 1798
  • Miliariconus coronatus (Gmelin, 1791)

Conus coronatus, common name the crowned cone or the coronated cone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[1]

Like all species within the genus Conus, these snails are predatory and venomous. They are capable of "stinging" humans, therefore live ones should be handled carefully or not at all.


The size of the small, squat heavy shell varies between 15 mm and 47 mm.It contains slight nodules on the shoulders of whorls.The colour is light, mottled pinkish-blue with brown dots and blotches. The aperture is purple-brown.[1]


This marine species occurs in the Red Sea, in the Indian Ocean off Madagascar, Chagos, the Mascarene Basin and Aldabra; in the tropical Indo-West Pacific; off New Zealand and Australia (New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia).


This species can be found in shallow water, often under boulders


  1. ^ a b c Conus coronatus Gmelin, 1791.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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