Conus aristophanes G. B. Sowerby

Ravinesh, Raveendhiran, Kumar, Appukuttannair Biju & Kohn, Alan J., 2018, Conidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda) of Lakshadweep, India, Zootaxa 4441 (3), pp. 467-494: 473

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4441.3.3

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scientific name

Conus aristophanes G. B. Sowerby
status

 

Conus aristophanes G. B. Sowerby  II

( Fig. 1P–S View Figure )

Localities: Agatti, Amini, Androth, Bitra, Chetlet, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kilton and Minicoy

Habitat: Rocky intertidal, lagoons, inner reef platform, sea grass bed, sandy shores

Depth: 0.2– 8 m

Specimens examined, observed: 20, 137

Length: 18–27 mm

Remarks: This is the first report of C. aristophanes  from India, and a new distribution record for the central Indian Ocean. The species-level distinction between the largely sympatric C. coronatus  and C. aristophanes  remains uncertain. Cernohorsky (1964, 1978) pointed out consistent shell morphological differences between them in Fiji. The most striking of these is fewer spiral striae on the sutural ramps: 1–2 vs. 4–7 in C. coronatus  (see Fig. 1Q View Figure ). Puillandre et al. (2014: Fig. 2 View Figure ) reported a genetic distance of about 10% between the two based on three mitochondrial genes, a disparity that usually indicates species-level distinction. Prior to that study, Röckel et al. (1995) and Coomans et al. (1981) had concluded conspecificity based on morphology. We tentatively consider them distinct, but further study remains necessary.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Mollusca

Class

Gastropoda

Order

Neogastropoda

Family

Conidae

Genus

Conus