Dark brown or reddish orange in colour the Lithograph Cone shell has a pretty off white diagonal pattern across its shoulder and body.
Cone shells are a very successful, predatory sea marine gastropod that feed on worms, mollusc's and fish.
They have a highly developed system by which they are able to inject poisonous barbs into their prey prior to feeding. They have been known to sting humans, so should be handled carefully in the wild or preferably left to their own devises.
Lithograph Cone shells (conus litoglyphus ) belong to a large family named Conidae and number over 300 species, they are possibly the most popular collector group after cowrie shells.
From time to time when we know the providence, we occasional sell old, uncommon or rare specimens.
These uncommon cone shells were collected approximately 45 year ago in the shallow waters off Rabaul on the Island of East New Britain which is a province of Papua New Guinea.
Rabaul used to be the capital until it was largely destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 1994.
The images are representative of current stocks, it should be noted however that as a natural product there are slight differences between the shells shown.
Size: 2.5 - 3.5 cm