CONUS - EAST PACIFIC
The rather harsh waters of the American Pacific are inhabited by a rather limited amount of species, many of which exhibit rather uninteresting color schemes. Nevertheless, some species exhibit a good array of sizes, shapes and colors. There is even a tent cone: Conus dalli inhabiting these waters, as well as some species that can be found in the South Pacific.
Conus archon Broderip, 1833
60.5mm. Guaymas, Mexico. Trawled in 45ft.
One of my favorite East Pacific species: The "Magistrate Cone" Pacific counterpart of Conus cedonulli. Has a pure white base and comes adorned with chestnut maps. It also attains a larger size, and is less rare (although these are quite expensive and hard to come by as well) the depicted shell is very nicely patterned, and comes from an old collection.
Conus lucidus Wood, 1828
50.9mm. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. From 28ftms.
The fascinating Spiderweb Cone. My favorite cone species! Is an uncommon shell that prefers offshore waters and clean sand; these are usually somewhat small (around 1 - 1.5"") and badly scarred. The depicted shell is the best lucidus I ever saw. It has a monster 2"+ size and top condition, which make it very rare. It cost me quite a hefty sum at an auction.
Conus p. apogramatus Dall, 1910
49.1mm. Coiba Island, Panama.
A very pretty, saturated orange variety of C. princeps. Which resembles the caribbean carrot cone, C. daucus a lot more than princeps. Indeed there are alot more colorful species of cone in the other side of America. This is why a conspicuously colored shell such as this one could not be left out of this display. These are quite scarce.
Conus princeps Linnaeus, 1758
67.2mm. Mazatlan, Mexico. Dived shell.
I always felt drawn to this very elegant, rather uncommon species. I also found from experience, that most shells come in very rought shape, due to the harsh habitat.
The depicted specimen is unusual in showing a deep pink flush, which is usually only present in younger shells (under 2") It is also quite perfect for its size.
Conus purpurascens Sowerby, 1833
52.4mm. Las Perlas, Panama.
The best purpurascens ever! The price seemed ridiculous when I bought this from A. Poremski, back in 2009. Then I saw this deep blue and violet shell with black patches and dashes, and knew this had been a great investment.
The depicted shell is not large. It is also quite unusual in having a rather elongated shape, but the color makes it top.
Conus t. edaphus Dall, 1910
44.7mm. Santa Cruz Is. Mexico. Dived by J. Jackson
Conus tessulatus is one of the most grossly overlooked species in the family. Shells are attractively shaped and patterned with vermillion spiral dashes and a violet canal.
The american supspecies edaphus is by far the prettiest form, leaning into a rather darker, deep carmine hue, and bright purple canal tip. It is also quite uncommon.