Conus monile   Hwass in Bruguiere,  1792 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Length 67 mm; Width 36 mm

Color: Ground color white or cream. Last whorl suffused or spirally banded with pale orange or pink. Spiral rows of brown dots.

Shell strong, medium-sized to large, moderately solid to heavy, thick with more than 10 whorls which with reddish tan crescent bonds on the spire concave sided spire ending in a pointed apex. Last whorl conical, outline variably convex at adapical fourth to third and straight below. Shoulder angulate to carinate. Spire of low to moderate height, outline deeply concave with a projecting conical apex of 5-7 postnuclear whorls. Maximum diameter of larval shell about 0.9 mm. First 7-9 postnuclear whorls tuberculate. Teleoconch sutural ramps flat to concave, with obsolete spiral striae. Last whorl with weak to obsolete spiral ribs at base.

Synonym (s)
Cucullus cereolus Roding, 1798
Cucullus ornatus Roding, 1798

Common Name (s)
• Monile Cone (English)
• Necklace Cone (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Dangers
(Venom causes paralysis)

Habitat:  Sandy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pazhayar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore (Lat: 11.7) (Long: 79.8) INDIA (Record: 05/04/2004) (Depth: 16 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Keezha Karai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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