Conus musicus

Music cone
Conus musicus
Conus musicus, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Colour white or grey, with broad darker bands above and below midbody, overlaid with dotted or dashed brown spirals lines from shoulder to base. Feeds on worms. Grows to 30 mm, commonly 15 to 20 mm.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: 29.5-30.8°C

Depth: 0 - 18 m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.