Range: Solomon Is., N. Queensland, New Caledonia, Loyalty Is.

Description: Small to moderately small, light to moderately light. Last whorl conical; outline almost straight; left side concave near base. Shoulder carinate. Spire or moderate height to high, outline concave. Larval shell of 3 or more whorls, maximum diameter about 0.9 mm. About first 4 postnucelar whorls tuberculate. Teleoconch sutural ramps concave, with 2-3 obsolete spiral striae in early and 3 increasing to 4-5 spiral grooves in late whorls. Last whorl with evenly spaced spiral grooves and ribbons between; elevations narrower below shoulder.

Shell Morphometry
  L 21-32 mm
  RW 0.04-0.09 g/mm
  RD 0.51-0.63
  PMD 0.88-0.94
  RSH 0.18-0.24

Ground colour white. Last whorl usually with spiral rows of yellowish brown dots. Spirally aligned brown blotches below shoulder, on both sides of centre and at base, forming 2 central spiral bands and a pale band below shoulder. Larval whorls white to light orange. Postnuclear sutural ramps with light brown radial blotches and regularly spaced darker brown spots at outer margins. Aperture white.

Periostracum brown, very thin, translucent, smooth.

Habitat and Habits: In Solomon Is., in 100-150 m, in rubble and sand. In New Caledonia and Loyalty Is, in 120-390 m (Richard, pers. comm., 1991).

Discussion: The similar C. memiae can be distinguished by its broader (RD 0.62- 0.73) and often ventricose or pyriform last whorl, finer dots along the shoulder edge, and often pink ground colour. Shelld of co-occuring from Solomon Is. (Pl. 53, Fig. 7) also have less carinate shoulders. C. baileyi also resembles C. wakayamaensis; for the distinctions, see the Discussion of the later species.

Range Map Image

C. baileyi range map

This section contains verbatim reproductions of the accounts of 316 species of Conus from the Indo-Pacific region, from Manual of the Living Conidae, by Röckel, Korn and Kohn (1995). They are reproduced with the kind permission of the present publisher, Conchbooks.

All plates and figures referred to in the text are also in Röckel, Korn & Kohn, 1995. Manual of the Living Conidae Vol. 1: Indo-Pacific Region.

The range maps have been modified so that each species account has it own map, rather than one map that showed the ranges of several species in the original work. This was necessary because each species account is on a separate page on the website and not confined to the order of accounts in the book.