Large Beech Cone – Conus Betulinus Linne
Approx Size: Length 9.5cm, Height 6cm, Width 6cm
A large family, the Conidae number over 300 species and are possibly the most popular collector group after the Cowrie Shell. They are a very successful predator feeding on worms, molluscs and fish. They have a highly developed radula system by which they are able to inject poisonous barbs into their prey before feeding.
These stunning specimens are mainly orange in colour and have brown markings. They are unusual for their markings and size. A must have in any serious shell collectors collection, they would surely take pride of place in any cabinet.
They would also make a great gift if you know a collector or a lover of shells. They would, of course, also look good in your own home and would make a good start to a collection of your won.
Large Beech Cone – Conus Betulinus Linne would make a good subject for an art project either for a budding photographer or an aspiring painter.
The Glory of the Sea Cone
(General information about the most famous of the Cone Family)
The most sought-after of all seashells, every collector wants to own Conus gloriamaris Chemnitz. It’s very name suggests a rare treasure from the deep. For centuries, the most valuable and coveted species, only very few ever changed hands at auctions at incredible prices.
Little was known of it’s habitat until two were found by Hugh Cumming in 1836 in the Philippines. Very few since then came to light until the late 1960s. It was still considered an ultra-rare shell at that time as only a few dozen were held in private or museum collections. Nowadays, the habitat is well known – moderately deep water in the Central Philippines. The shells can reach 15cm/6in. but these are scarce; they usually attain 10 – 13cm/4 – 5 in. Fine- to gem-quality specimens can still cost between £100 – 200, but comparatively, this is far less expensive than shells sold or auctioned in the 18th and 19th centuries.
It is perhaps not the most beautiful of Cones, but it is elegant, with fine tent markings. Possibly the sole reason for its fame is its name.