Marble Cone (Conus Marmoreus Linne)
Approx Size: Length 9cm, Height 5cm, Depth 5cm
A large family, the Conidae number over 300 species and are probably the most popular collector group after the Cowries. They are a very successful predacious family 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 prior to feeding.
All cones are covered by a thick periostracum when alive.
One of our most popular shells amongst adults and children alike
Marble cones all have distinctive markings and are a must for collectors, no cone is the same and the variation amongst the species of cone shells makes them interesting and “fun” to try and collect them all.
I have seen them used in a small bowl full of shells on a window sill to art projects and other creative crafts
A member of the Marmoreus Group – common to the Indo-Pacific region