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Indian Ocean cones - conchylinet - 04-30-2009

I am not sure of the id of the two following cones.
Both are from Mauritius:

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63mm (I'm puzzled between leemani/gubernator/frauenfeldi...)

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48mm (no idea)

Any help's welcome. Thanks.


Indian Ocean cones - dave r - 05-01-2009

Hi, the first could be leehmani or even consors, very dificult.
The second is C. maldivus.

Indian Ocean cones - paul monfils - 05-03-2009

While not what I would call a "typical" specimen (which is probably a meaningless term when applied to such a variable species), I believe the first specimen is Conus gubernator.  C. frauenfeldi doesn't have the broadly rounded shoulder and typically has many dark markings.  C. consors likewise doesn't have such a heavy shoulder, and has a much more elevated spire.  C. leehmani (which is a form of C. gubernator anyway, in my opinion) does have the banding seen in this specimen, but also has axial markings of the same color, and typically has a series of axial dark markings as well.  The solitary dark mark on this specimen does look like a reduced form of the type of markings seen on C. leehmani, but I don't think there is sufficient reason to apply that name.  In Manual of the Living Conidae there is a specimen of C. gubernator pictured that is similar to this one (Plate 45, #19).  <span class="petit">--Last edited by Paul Monfils on 2009-05-03 02:15:24 --</span>

Indian Ocean cones - harco - 05-03-2009

I think the first one is conus frauenfeldi
(see "cocquilages de la réunion et de l'ile maurice " by Jean Drivas & Maurice Jay)

Indian Ocean cones - conchylinet - 05-04-2009

Thanks Dave, Paul & Harco for these inputs.
As for Cone #1, Harco, I found it to be <i>C. frauenfeldi</i> aswell as I have the same reference (Coquillages de la Réunion & Maurice) and it really is the same. But frauenfeldi looks very different everywhere else (
Lots of <i>C. gubernator leemani</i> looks also like that one... that's why I was puzzled.

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