Mouse Cone: Family Conidae

Mouse Cone: Family Conidae
Conus mus (Hwass in Bruguière, 1792)

This worn out cone was identified by Harry Lee as a Mouse Cone:

Mouse Cone from S. Hutchinson Island Janurary 2021

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Conus mus
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Conus mus
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Apertural and abapertural views of shell of Conus mus Hwass in Bruguière, J.G., 1792
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Mollusca
Class:     Gastropoda
Subclass:     Caenogastropoda
Order:     Neogastropoda
Superfamily:     Conoidea
Family:     Conidae
Genus:     Conus
Species:     C. mus
Binomial name
Conus mus
Hwass in Bruguière, 1792

    Conus (Monteiroconus) mus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792 · accepted, alternate representation
    Conus barbadensis auct. non Hwass, 1792 (misidentification by Hwass (1792) )
    Conus citrinus auct. non Gmelin, 1791 (misidentification by Clench (1942, 1953) )
    Gladioconus mus (Hwass in Bruguière, 1792)
    Leptoconus mus (Hwass, 1792)

Conus mus, common name the mouse cone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[1]

Like all species within the genus Conus, these snails are predatory and venomous. They are capable of "stinging" humans, therefore live ones should be handled carefully or not at all.


This species occurs in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico; in the Western Atlantic from North Carolina, USA and the Bermudas to Venezuela.

The maximum recorded shell length is 43.5 mm.[2] The shell has a tubercuiated spire. The body whorl is covered by narrow, raised revolving striae. Its color is ash-white, longitudinally streaked and maculated with chestnut. The tubercles of the spire are white, and there is usually a white band below the middle of the body whorl. The aperture is chestnut-colored, with a central white band.[3]

Minimum recorded depth is 0 m.[2] Maximum recorded depth is 18 m.[2]

Conus mus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792. Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.

    G.W. Tryon (1884) Manual of Conchology, structural and systematic, with illustrations of the species, vol. VI; Philadelphia, Academy of Natural Sciences

    Bruguière, [J.-G.] 1792. Encyclopédie Méthodique. Histoire Naturelle des Vers. Encyclopédie Méthodique. Histoire Naturelle des Vers 1: 345–757. Panckoucke: Paris.
    Tucker J.K. & Tenorio M.J. (2009) Systematic classification of Recent and fossil conoidean gastropods. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. 296 pp.
    Puillandre N., Duda T.F., Meyer C., Olivera B.M. & Bouchet P. (2015). One, four or 100 genera? A new classification of the cone snails. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 81: 1–23


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