Princely Cone shells have a lovely patterned surface peppered with both small dots and larger triangular white shapes over a rich chocolate brown base colour.
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.
Princely Cone shells (conus aulicus) belong to a large family named Conidae and number over 600 species; they are possibly the most popular collector group after cowrie shells.
This species is common among the waters of the Indo Pacific.
Size: 4.8 cm long