With its unusual and colourful markings the Tessellated Cone would make a lovely addition to any shell collection.
A large family, the Conidae number over 300 species and are possibly the most popular collector group after the cowries.
They are very successful predators feeding on worms, molluscs and fish.
They have a highly developed system by which they are able to inject poisonous barbs into their prey prior to feeding.
The tessellated cone (conus tessulatus) is a common shell to the Indo Pacific area.
Size: approx 4 - 5 cm long