Conus scalptus

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Conus scalptus
Conus scalptus 001.jpg
Drawing of a shell of Conus scalptus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. scalptus
Binomial name
Conus scalptus
Reeve, 1843
  • Conus (Phasmoconus) scalptus Reeve, 1843 · accepted, alternate representation
  • Phasmoconus scalptus (Reeve, 1843)

Conus scalptus is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[1][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.


Conus scalptus is a small (16–45 mm) and has a medium weight. The shell is turbinated with convex sides, rather solid, polished, grooved towards the base. Its color is whitish, with numerous hair-like, light brown, revolving lines. The protoconch is dirty white. The spire is spirally striated, rather elevated, with a sharp apex. Its color is variegated with chestnut. There are 6-7 post nuclear whorls with 2-4 incised spiral grooves on the inner side of each whorl.[3]


Most true Conus scalptus appear to be from the Philippines, designated as type locality by Filmer (2011).;[2] off Papua New Guinea.


  1. ^ a b Conus scalptus Reeve, 1843.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b R. M. Filmer (2011). "Taxonomic revision of the Conus spectrum, Conus stramineus and Conus collisus complexes (Gastropoda - Conidae). Part II: The Conus stramineus complex". Visaya. 3 (4): 4–66. 
  3. ^ G.W. Tryon (1884) Manual of Conchology, structural and systematic, with illustrations of the species, vol. VI; Philadelphia, Academy of Natural Sciences

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