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  Conus timorensis Hwass in Bruguière, 1792.

Range: Mauritius, St. Brandon, Timor, Tagala Is., and Papua New Guinea.

Description: Moderately small to medium-sized, moderately light to moderately solid. Last whorl usually conoid-cylindrical to narrowly conoid-cylindrical; outline convex at adapical third, straight below. Shoulder angulate. Spire of low to moderate height, with slightly convex to slightly concave outline. Larval shell of about 2.5 whorls, maximum diameter 0.7-0.9 mm. Teleoconch sutural ramps flat to slightly concave; late ramps with 3-4 spiral grooves grading into many striae. Last whorl with a few weak spiral ribs at base.

Shell Morphometry
  L 30-50 mm
  RW 0.07-0.22 g/mm
     ((L 30-45))
  RD 0.48-0.55
  PMD 0.75-0.86
  RSH 0.06-0.17

Ground colour white to pale pink. Last whorl with variably confluent pinkish orange to light violet clouds and spiral rows of broad, similarly coloured dashes alternating with white dashes. Apex white. Late sutural ramps blotched with white and pinkish orange. Aperture white to pale pink.

Habitat and Habits: Shallow subtidal; at St. Brandon, in 3-8 m.

Discussion: C. timorensis is a very distinctive species; for comparison with C. richeri, see the Discussion of that species.

Range Map Image

C. timorensis 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 Rckel, 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 Rckel, 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.


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