Conus figulinus

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Conus figulinus
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Apertural view of a shell of Conus figulinus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. figulinus
Binomial name
Conus figulinus
Linnaeus, 1758
  • Cleobula figulina (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Conus (Dendroconus) figulinus Linnaeus, 1758 accepted, alternate representation
  • Conus lucirensis Paes Da Franca, 1957
  • Conus violascens Barros e Cunha, 1933.
  • Dendroconus figulinus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Dendroconus loroisii violascens (f) Barros & C.M.I. Cunha, 1933

Conus figulinus, common name the fig cone, is a cone snail, a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[2]

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 following varieties or subspecies have become synonyms:

  • Conus figulinus var. chytreus Tryon, 1884: synonym of Conus chytreus Tryon, 1884
  • Conus figulinus var. insignis Dautzenberg, 1937: synonym of Conus buxeus loroisii Kiener, 1846
  • Conus figulinus violascens Barros e Cunha, 1933: synonym of Conus figulinus Linnaeus, 1758


The size of an adult shell varies between 30 mm and 135 mm. The shell has a chestnut color, encircled by numerous, unbroken, narrow chocolate lines. The spire is chocolate-colored. The body whorl is occasionally narrowly light-banded in the middle.[3]


This species occurs in the Indian Ocean off Madagascar, the Mascarene Basin, Mauritius and Tanzania; in the Indo-West Pacific, Indo-Malaysia, Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, India and Australia (Queensland).


  1. ^ NatureServe (2013). "Conus figulinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Conus figulinus Linnaeus, 1758.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 22 July 2011.
  3. ^ George Washington Tryon, Manual of Conchology vol. VI, p. 16; 1879
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