Shells of Fiji

Murex ShellsCommon NameDescription
Murex tribulusCaltrop MurexThe shell of Murex tribulus can reach a length of 65–160 millimetres (2.6–6.3 in). This quite common snail has a shell with a very long siphonal canal and numerous very long, fragile and acute spines, providing protection against predators. It feeds on other mollusks. ("Murex tribulus", 2021)
Drupa morumPurple Pacific DrupeThick, globose shell, up to 5 cm, with low spire, large body whorl, and flat base. Colour white with dark brown nodules. Dark violet, narrow aperture with conspicuous groups of denticles. Columella with three strong, plicate ridges. ("Drupa morum", 2021)
Chicoreus ramosus.Ramose MurexA large, solid, very rugged, and heavy shell, of up to 330 mm in length. It has a relatively globose outline, possessing a short spire, a slightly inflated body whorl, and a moderately long siphonal canal. One of its most striking ornamentations is the conspicuous, leaf-like, recurved hollow digitations. It also presents three spinose axial varices per whorl, with two elongated nodes between them. The shell is colored white to light brown externally, with a white aperture, generally pink towards the inner edge, the outer lip, and the columella. ("Chicoreus ramosus", 2021)
Chicoreus sauliiSauls Murex The shell size varies between 60 mm and 142 mm
Cone ShellsCone ShellsDescription
Cylinder ammiralisAdmiral ConeThe size of the shell varies between 35 mm and 109 mm. The color is the shell is chestnut with darker revolving lines, and upper, basal and one or two approximate bands, finely reticulated with yellow on a white ground. This pattern is overlaid with large, irregularly disposed triangular white spots ("Conus ammiralis", 2022)
Geography Cone 1Geography ConeHas a broad, thin shell, cylindrically inflated. Geography cones grow to about 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 in) in length. The size of an adult shell varies between 43 and 166 mm (1.7 and 6.5 in). The ground color of the shell is pink or violaceous white, occasionally reddish. It has a mottled appearance, clouded and coarsely reticulated with chestnut or chocolate, usually forming two very irregular bands. The geography cone has a wide, violaceous white or pink aperture and numerous shoulder ridges or spines. ("Conus geographus", 2021)
Imperial ConeImperial ConeThe size of an adult shell varies between 40 mm and 110 mm. The color of the thick shell is yellowish-white or cream, with numerous interrupted revolving lines and spots of dark brown and two irregular and wider light brown bands. In the synonym Conus fuscatus, the light brown coloring extends in clouds and irregular markings over the surface, so that the bands can scarcely be defined. The shell has a flat but nodular spire and shoulders. ("Conus imperialis", 2021)
Leaden ConeLeaden ConeThe thin shell is striated throughout. The color of the shell is yellowish or violaceous white, clouded. with chestnut, with distant revolving series of chestnut spots and short lines, most conspicuous on two irregular lighter bands. ("Conus circumcisus", 2021)
Conus pertususConeThe thick shell is obconic, with the whorls enrolled upon themselves. The spire is short, smooth or tuberculated. The narrow aperture is elongated with parallel margins and is truncated at the base. The operculum is very small relative to the size of the shell. It is corneous, narrowly elongated, with an apical nucleus, and the impression of the muscular attachment varies from one-half to two-thirds of the inner surface. The outer lip shows a slight sutural sinus. ("Conus", 2021)
Conus mustelinusWeasel ConeThe size of an adult shell varies between 40 mm and 107 mm. The low spire is striate, flamed with chocolate and white. The body whorl is yellowish, or orange-brown, encircled by rows of chestnut dots, usually stained chocolate at the base. There is a central white band, with chocolate hieroglyphic markings on either side, and a shoulder band, crossed by chocolate smaller longitudinal markings. The border markings of the bands are reduced to spots. The aperture has a chocolate color with a white band. ("Conus mustelinus", 2021)