Conus araneosus

Conus araneosus
Conus araneosus
Apertural view of Conus araneosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Subfamily: Coninae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. araneosus
Binomial name
Conus araneosus
sensu Lightfoot, 1786
  • Conus arachnoideus Gmelin, 1791
  • Conus arachnoideus bizonata (f) Crosse, H., 1858
  • Conus araneosus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus cassis "Meuschen, F.C." Dillwyn, L.W., 1817
  • Conus monstrosus Küster, 1838
  • Conus peplum G. B. Sowerby II, 1857
  • Conus reticulatus Perry, 1811
  • Cucullus arenosus Röding, 1798
  • Cucullus stercusmuscarum Röding, 1798

Conus araneosus, common name the cobweb cone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails, cone shells or cones.[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.



The size of an adult shell varies between 48 mm and 100mm. The shell is very closely reticulated with white and light chestnut, the white spots crowded and irregular in size, the chestnut lines forming two interrupted, irregular bands. [2]


This marine species occurs in the Indian Ocean along Tanzania, in the Indian Ocean along India and Sri Lanka and in the Pacific Ocean along the Philippines and Indonesia.



  1. ^ a b Conus araneosus sensu Lightfoot, 1786 .  Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at  on 12 July 2011.
  2. ^ George Washington Tryon, Manual of Conchology, vol. VI; 1884
  • Spry, J.F. (1961). The sea shells of Dar es Salaam: Gastropods. Tanganyika Notes and Records 56
  • Filmer R.M. (2001). A Catalogue of Nomenclature and Taxonomy in the Living Conidae 1758 - 1998. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden. 388pp.
  • Tucker J.K. (2009). Recent cone species database. September 4th 2009 Edition.

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