This area is a crossroads between the Indian and the South Pacific oceans. It is characterized by the very fractured coastline, composed mainly of islands. Unsurprisingly, this tropical habitat is very rich in cone species. The Philippine Islands in particular is considered the richest place in the world when it comes to molluscs. It is there that many species that were formerly rare and unobtainable, started becoming available.

Conus p. amabilis Lamarck, 1810

53.4mm. Balicasag Is. Bohol. Philippines.

This species is beautiful! Even though somewhat common, these have always been valued by collectors because the red shaded shell makes a standout piece in any collection. 

Most shells range the 3-4cms. These come in a smooth or corded form and range in color from almost white to the saturated deep-crimson hue present in this fresh giant.

Conus cordigera Sowerby III, 1866

51mm. Cuyo Island. Philippines. Diver 6-8mts.

This hidden species was once considered rare and difficult to obtain. Now separated from conus nobilis, these come in appreciable numbers from the Philippines, where most shells are solid ochre with white tents. This particular shell is truly exceptional: A dark brown giant with two patternless bands. Quite stunning and extremely rare like this.

Conus ammiralis Linnaeus, 1758

55.8mm. Sulu Sea, Philippines. Diver, 10-15mts.

A very eattractive species. The shell is reddish to dark brown with spiral bands of golden yellow; finely overlaid by well defined white tents, which can vary considerably in size and number, from one specimen to another. 

The depicted specimen is extremely dark, with a fine drawing and very elegant appearance. 

Conus dusaveli Adams, 1872

83.2mm. Balut Island, Philippines. Tangle net at 60ftms.

Among the most beautiful of all cones is this very smooth and glossy species, its shell has spiral bands of yellow, orange, sienna and brown, with finer ribbons of interrupted blue or purple dashes. These secondary lines seem to really contribute to the overall appearance, therfore shells with the most blue tend to be the prettiest - Like the depicted shell.

Conus aurisiacus Linnaeus, 1758

63mm. Zamboanga, Philippines. From fisherman.

One of my favorite cones: with its candy cane spiral bands of pink, magenta, orange, red and mauve; regularly interrupted by ribbons of black and white dots, that start at the suture creating a stunning chekered crown.

The depicted specimen has pretty colors, which tends not to be the case in shells over 6cm. Still a modest piece.

Conus bullatus Linnaeus, 1758

74.4mm. Bohol, Philippines. Diver, 15-20mts.

The Bubble Cone: A really unmistakable species of cone; with its round-sided, globose body and very smooth and glossy surface. The shell usually has a subtle pattern of spiral bands and tents in shades of red and orange. The depicted shell is exceptional in having a monster size (almost 3") and almost solid, saturated deep-red pattern.