Shell medium sized, thick, with regularly conical, shouldered body whorl and very low conical spire. Sculpture limited to faint spiral grooves at the extremity of the body whorl, towards the siphonal canal and spiral striae between the shoulder and the suture; early whorls of spire also tuberculate. Aperture elongated, narrow and parallel-sided, with thin outer lip.
mostly brownish to greenish with spuerimposed darker interrupted spiral lines on the body whorl; a whitish zone along the suture and another one on mid-body whorl, marked with irregular axial flames. Inside of aperture greyish.
common size :
Mediterranean specimen 32.5 mm, a rather small size for the species which reaches over 60 mm in the Red Sea.
This species is distinguished from the native Conus mediterraneus (Hwass in Bruguière, 1792) by the more massive build, and by having knobs on the early spire whorls (an important character in Conus).
BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
shallow water in the Red Sea.