CONUS - SOUTH EAST ASIA
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 aurisiacus Linnaeus, 1758
49.14mm. Zamboanga, Philippines.
Gem-. One of my favorite cone species: with its spiral bands of pink, magenta, orange, red and mauve; regularly interrupted by ribbons of black and white dots, creating a checkered crown.
This specimen is lightly colored in tones of pink. Not large, but very good condition; perfect natural lip off course and uninterrupted growth, with high gloss. Very pretty shell.
Conus dusaveli Adams, 1872
86.7mm. Balut Island, Philippines.
F++. Among the most beautiful and coveted of all cones is this very smooth and glossy species. This was very rare in the past. Today large, perfect specimens like the one here offered are still somewhat uncommon. When compared to other specimens, this one is extremely globose and heavy. The large pale portion over the lip indicating full maturity.
Price: 90.00 usd.
Conus floccatus Sowerby, 1841
54mm. Siargao, Philippines.
A very beautiful species, that was always considered rare and hard to obtain, until someone hit the jackpot a few years ago in Siargao, Philippines. Then the market was flooded and the prices went down to a fraction. Slowly, this is becoming rare again, as the stocks dwindle. Notice the highly desirable dense net pattern. A tiny, tiny chip in shoulder keeps it from Gem.
Conus nobilis victor Broderip, 1842
51.35mm. Lambata Island, Flores, Indonesia.
Gem-. One of several spectacular forms of C. nobilis, a species which is widespread in SE Asia, but is not common, except for some localized (and now over-exploited) populations. With Conus victor now quite available, but for how long? This is a highly selected, top quality specimen, with perfect lip and apex; minor discoloration patch near shoulder.
Conus o. rogmartini da Motta, 1982
33mm. Balut Island, Philippines.
F+. This is the pustulose form of C. otohimeae. The surface is completely covered with closely-spaced spinny pustulae, that make this form quite attractive. This species is extra scarce in the market, despite it being considered only uncommon. This specimen is very pretty, unfortunately thought it has a rather obvious chip in the canal area, hence the grade. Priced to sell.
Price: 22.00 usd.
Conus aff. vidua Reeve, 1843
42.3mm. Palawan, Philippines.
F+. Vidua is a very variable species, with many named forms and a separation that is not too evident with C. bandanus, or even the extremely rare C. nocturnus. The latter being reported from the Moluccas and Irian Jaya. The shell being offered here was selected precisely because of its resemblance to nocturnus. A very interesting and curious form.
Price: 45.00 usd.