Conus maldivus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792.
Conus generalis Linnaeus, 1767
Are Conus generals and Cpnus maldivus two separate species or are they both varieties of the dame?
They are nearly identical yet obviously different. They have different ranges that do not appear to overlap. Generalis is Pacific cone. Maldivus is an Indian ocean.
Both grow0 to about the same size and have nearly identical patterns. Their shape is classic “ice cream cone” and identical.
Both are whiteish encircled by vertical flame like streaks of dark brown to black color. Both have two broad bans, one above, one below the middy. Both are subject to spire erosion,
The difference are: Generalis is glossy except in the largest specimens. Maldivus is not Gneralis has a glass surface. Madvus is porous.
Generalis is the more collorful of the two. The bands may be orange or brown or even approaching black. Maldivus has uniform chocolate brown bans.
There are interesting varieties as the patters are variable. Phillipine rarely have the bands change from grand to dark brown halfway through their growth resulting in specimens with brown bands on one side and orange on the other.
There is a Thailand variation that is suffused with orange. It is a stunning shell that does not attain the large size.
There is a dwarf validity from the Sulu Sea.
There is also a glossy white variety from the Indian Ocean that defies description, As they are collected from fishing boats the exact location. In all my years of collecting I have only obtained one such shell.
All three raffle specimens are as nice as they come. The generals in the middle is stunning. It is a very hard to find largely white color pattern that appears in one of a hundred.
Donated by Richard Kent from his personal collection
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