Conus spurius

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Conus spurius
Conus spurius Gmelin, 1791 2013 000.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. spurius
Binomial name
Conus spurius
Gmelin, 1791
  • Conus (Lindaconus) spurius Gmelin, 1791 · accepted, alternate representation
  • Conus (Spuriconus) spurius Gmelin, 1791
  • Conus leoninus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792 (invalid: junior homonym of Conus spurius [Lightfoot], 1786)
  • Conus ochraceus Lamarck, 1810
  • Conus paulina Kiener, 1850
  • Conus proteus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus spurius arubaensis Nowell-Usticke, 1968
  • Conus spurius atlanticus Clench, 1942
  • Conus weinkauffii Löbbecke, 1882
  • Cucullus ferugineus Röding, 1798
  • Cucullus flammeus Röding, 1798
  • Cucullus gualterianus Röding, 1798
  • Cucullus leoninus Röding, 1798
  • Cucullus syriacus Röding, 1798
  • Lindaconus spurius (Gmelin, 1791)
  • Spuriconus spurius (Gmelin, 1791)

Conus spurius, common name the alphabet 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 spurius aureofasciatus Rehder & Abbott, 1951(synonym: Lindaconus spurius aureofasciatus (Rehder & Abbott, 1951))
  • Conus spurius baylei Jousseaume, 1872 (synonyms: Conus baylei Jousseaume, 1872; Lindaconus spurius baylei (Jousseaume, 1872) )
  • Conus spurius lorenzianus Dillwyn, 1817 (synonyms: Conus flammeus Lamarck, 1810 (invalid: junior secondary homonym of Cucullus flammeus Röding, 1798; C. phlogopus is a replacement name); Conus lorenzianus Dillwyn, 1817; Conus phlogopus Tomlin, 1937; Conus undatus Kiener, 1847; Lindaconus spurius lorenzianus (Dillwyn, 1817))
  • Conus spurius spurius Gmelin, 1791 (synonym: Lindaconus spurius spurius (Gmelin, 1791))


This marine species occurs from East Florida to Venezuela; also off the West Indies.


The maximum recorded shell length is 80 mm.[2] The shell is white, with revolving series of spots and irregular or cloud-like markings of orange, chestnut or chocolate, often forming interrupted bands. The base of the shell is grooved. The spire shows a single broad sulcus. [3]


Minimum recorded depth is 0 m.[2] Maximum recorded depth is 64 m.[2]


  1. ^ a b Conus spurius Gmelin, 1791.  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.
  3. ^ G.W. Tryon (1884) Manual of Conchology, structural and systematic, with illustrations of the species, vol. VI; Philadelphia, Academy of Natural Sciences (described as Conus proteus)

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