Cone Collector’s Guide: What’s New 2013

The items below were reported in the period from October 2012 to December 2013. All new names are now included in the main files.


December 2013.

New subspecies.

Rhizoconus pertusus elodieallaryae described from Tuamotu by Tiziano Cossignani.

Published in Malacologia 81( ). Tiziano highlights the dome shaped spire and colour pattern as the major differences from the typical form.



New Cone

Conus vanvilstereni described from the Philippines by Robert Moolenbeek and Arnold Zandbergen.

Published in Miscellanea Malacologia 6(3)


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November 2013.


New Cones published in Malacologia 80( )


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Darioconus natalaurantia is described from Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa and compared with C. lohri from Mozambique. It is described by Stephan Veldsman.

Pionoconus striatus s.sp juliaallaryae is described from Djibouti by Tiziano Cossignani.  It differs from typical C. striatus by the strong slope in the shoulder area.



New book published by John Tucker and Manuel Tenorio.


Tucker1.jpg This book features very sharp and clear high resolution photos of all of the cone species recognized as valid by the authors as well as a complete review as to the taxonomic placement for these shells. Also listed in the text as well as in an extensive index are the names and placement of taxa that are considered to be not valid species.

The book is published by MdM Publishing, Wellington FL.  ISBN 978-0-9847140-2-5. Orders are being taken on their website.


An interesting development  will be the launch of a  new website by MdM which will offer information about shells described after the publication of the book as well as any revisions made by John , Manuel and others who wish to contribute scientifically documented research on these shells.


October 2013


Several  cone species were described in a new Taxonomy supplement to the French shell club magazine Xenophora(




Eric Monnier, Loïc Limpalaër & Alain Robin review the “achatinus” complex. Two forms ie C. barabara(Brazier,1898) and C. vinctus(A.Adams, 1854) are raised to species status.


Two new Pioconus species are described from Australia


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Pionoconus arafurensis holotype

Northern Australia (Illinois N. H Survey)

Pionoconus rouxi  holotype

Western Australia(WAMP)


And one new Pioconus species from Oman


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Pionoconus koukae holotype

Oman (MNHN)


In the same edition of the Xenophora magazine, Manuel Tenorio and Carlos Afonso described Perplexiconus wendrosi sp. nov. from the  Western coast of Aruba.

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Perplexiconus wendrosi  Holotype MNHN



June 2013

New cone species Rolaniconus dedonderi  from Philippines described by Rika Goethaels & D. Monsecour.



Published in Novapex 14(2) p.35-37.( )


May 2013

Conus boutetorum  Richard & Rabiller, 2013 from Tahiti


Published in Annales de la Société des Naturelles de La Charente-Maritime Supp: p. 53 & figs.


This publication by the Natural History museum in La Rochelle also includes extensive coverage of the Cone Collector conference held there in September 2012.






April 2013.

New book by Ed Petuch is published which proposes a series of geographic molluscan provinces in the Western Atlantic  based on the distribution of cone and other species. Several new cone species were described, that are now included in main files with pictures.

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The book can be purchased from CRC Press ( by searching on their website for “Petuch”.


New species of cones that are named in the book include: Magelliconus eleutheraensis, Lindaconus therriaulti, Dauciconus jorioi, Sandericonus ednae, Dalliconus coletteae, Jaspidiconus oleiniki, Jaspidiconus allamandi, Jaspidiconus mackintoshi, Jaspidiconus exumaensis, and Jaspidiconus sargenti----also, the new genera Arubaconus, Bermudaconus, Attenuiconus, Kellyconus, Poremskiconus, Tuckericonus, Sandericonus, Brasiliconus, and Coltroconus .


Also described 21 other new species, including 2 new volutes, several new muricids (including the new genus Roquesia), new olives, and even a new cowrie. 145 species of cones are illustrated; most of them the holotypes, and an additional 300 other rarely seen western Atlantic shells.


March 2013.

New cone  subspecies from St Brandon described by Felix Lorenz.



Conus(Cylinder) textile s.sp. vaulberti


Lorenz notes that the name Conus scriptus was introduced by Deshayes and that the shell as described is not similar to C. textile. An invalid homonym name scriptus was later introduced by Sowerby and shells similar to the Sowerby shell from S Madagascar circulate today as C. textile fm. scriptus. The St Brandon shells are narrow, cylindrical, lightweight, with a wide aperture and a white protoconch, and the white brown ornamentation lacks any shades of blue, yellow or red. These features are not found in the S. Madagascar shells.


The full description is published in Schriften zur Malakolozool. 27:21-24. Details of the publication can be found on the website of Haus der Natur, Cismar.


March 2013

Three new cones described by Eric Monnier and Loic Limpalaer from Indo-Pacific region in Visaya 4(1)




Darioconus laueri

Kioconus ruthae

Cylinder tagaroae


Cylinder tagaroae has circulated for many years under the invalid name Conus telatus fm.rugosus.


The full descriptions are available in the magazine edition available through


January 2013

Three new cones described by Luigi Bozzetti in Malacologia 78. Two  from Lavanono, Madagascar and the other from Somalia.


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Rolaniconus buniatus

D. pennaceus

pseudoecho s.sp.

Yeddoconus somalicus


The full descriptions are in edition 78  of Malacologia available through

Summary data will be added to this website as soon as possible.


January 2013:

New Cone book: Cones Shells of Florida by John Tucker published by MdMShellBooks Publishing.

The book will be reviewed in Cone Collector.

One new species is named Conasprelloides levistimpsoni  from Carabelle, Florida




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levistimpsoni  holotype




December 2012:

Malacologia 77.

Two new species of cone described from Madagascar by Luigi Bozzetti.

Cylinder priscai which is compared to C textile forms and C.biancae. It is white with spiral bands of brown lattice pattern.

Conus atimovatae holotype 21.4mm. which is compared to C.simonis from which it differs by a more angulate shoulder, colour more orange and more uniform pattern.




Cylinder priscai holotype

Conus atimovatae holotype


Luigi Bozzetti also illustrates specimens of C.striatus and C. betulinus, giving them form names. No type specimens are defined and such a description as a form would invalid the names, nomen nudum. It is not clear whether Bozzetti intended to introduce new names into the scientific record.

They are an Indian Ocean C. striatus with pink hue and C. betulinus with red dots on inside of lip.




striatus f.occidentalis

betulinus rubrolabiata


The full descriptions are in edition 77 of Malacologia available through

Summary data will be added to this website as soon as possible.



November 2012:

Visaya 3(6) : New species C robini described by Limpalaer & Monnier

New species C.balabacensis described by Filmer.  Several changes proposed to taxonomy. Filmer proposes that C. collisus is nomen dubium and that C.stigmaticus is a more appropriate name. C straturatus is raised to species.


C. robini

C. balabacensis



The full descriptions are available in the magazine edition available through


October 2012: 2 new micro species(c. 10mm) of cones from tidal grit at Lavanono, Madagascar by Luigi Bozzetti.


Pseudolilliconus levis

Pseudolilliconus scalarispira


The full descriptions are in edition 76  of Malacologia available through

Summary data will be added to this website as soon as possible.




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