Conus thomae

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Conus thomae
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Apertural and abapertural views of shell of Conus thomae Gmelin, J.F., 1791
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Caenogastropoda
Clade: Hypsogastropoda
Clade: Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. thomae
Binomial name
Conus thomae
Gmelin, 1791
Synonyms[1]
  • Conus (Darioconus) thomae Gmelin, 1791 · accepted, alternate representation
  • Conus jousseaumei Couturier, 1891
  • Conus omaicus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Strategoconus thomae (Gmelin, 1791)
  • Thalassiconus thomae (Gmelin, 1791)

Conus thomae, common name St. Thomas 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.

Description[edit]

The size of the shell varies between 55 mm and 97 mm. The narrow shell is whitish, encircled by numerous hues of square spots and dashes of orange-brown, often forming two or three broad bands by their approximation.[2]

Distribution[edit]

This marine species occurs in the Indian Ocean and off the Moluccas.

References[edit]

  • Tucker J.K. & Tenorio M.J. (2009) Systematic classification of Recent and fossil conoidean gastropods. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. 296 pp.
  • Puillandre, N.; Duda, T.F.; Meyer, C.; Olivera, B.M.; Bouchet, P. (2015). "One, four or 100 genera? A new classification of the cone snails". Journal of Molluscan Studies. 81: 1–23. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyu055. 

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