Conus ermineus

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Conus ermineus
Conus ermineus 1.jpg
Apertural and abapertural views of shell of Conus ermineus Born, I. von, 1778
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. ermineus
Binomial name
Conus ermineus
Born, 1778
  • Chelyconus ermineus (Born, 1778)
  • Conus (Chelyconus) ermineus Born, 1778 · accepted, alternate representation
  • Conus aspersus G. B. Sowerby II, 1833
  • Conus caerulans Küster, 1838
  • Conus coerulescens Schröter, 1803
  • Conus eques Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus grayi Reeve, 1844
  • Conus inquinatus Reeve, 1849
  • Conus leaeneus Link, 1807
  • Conus luzonicus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus narcissus Lamarck, 1810
  • Conus oculatus Gmelin, 1791
  • Conus perryae Clench, 1942
  • Conus portoricanus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus rudis Weinkauff, 1873
  • Conus testudinarius Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus verrucosus piraticus Clench, 1942
  • Cucullus barathrum Röding, 1798
  • Cucullus crucifer Röding, 1798
  • Cucullus cutisanguina Röding, 1798

Conus ermineus, common name the turtle 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.

Conus ermineus Born, I. von, 1778


This species occurs in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico; in the Atlantic Ocean off West Africa and the Cape Verdes; in the Indian Ocean off Tanzania.


The maximum recorded shell length is 103 mm.[2]

Conantokin-E is a toxin derived from the venom of Conus ermineus.

It is a fishing eating species. Utilizes specialized hollow harpoon like radula tooth to harpoon small fish and paralyze them with venom to facilitate swallowing.


Minimum recorded depth is 0 m.[2] Maximum recorded depth is 101 m.[2]


  1. ^ a b Conus ermineus Born, 1778.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.


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