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Beech Cone, Conus betulinus

Paul Callomon/ANS

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

This common marine species inhabits the Indo-West Pacific region. It is often found on mud near river mouths, where it feeds on worms. Its large, heavy shell is covered in life by a thick brown skin that bears thousands of fine ridges. This protects the shell from drilling organisms and the dissolving effects of low-salinity water. Once it is removed, the characteristic pattern of spots and stripes is revealed.

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  • Title: Beech Cone, Conus betulinus
  • Creator: Paul Callomon/ANS

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