species: Conus virgo in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Conus virgo

©Anne Hoggett: Conus virgo about 12 cm long, Bird Islet reef flat, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Heavily encrusted Conus virgo about 12 cm long as found at Bird Islet reef flat, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Conus virgo about 7cm long, on the reef slope off Seabird Islet, Lizard Island group.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Neogastropoda
Family Conidae
Genus Conus
Species Conus virgo



Distinguishing features

A large heavy cone uniformly coloured exteriorly except for a purple tip that extends into the aperture; the interior is otherwise white.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Wilson, B.R. (1994). Australian Marine Shells: 2. Prosobranch gastropods Odyssey Publishing, Kallaroo, Western Australia.

Other references

  • Huelsken, T. (2008). Phylogenetic relationship and species identification within the Natcidae Guilding, 1834 (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda), Ph.D. thesis, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum. LIRS catalog number 1204.
  • Robertson, R. (1981). List of shell-bearing mollusks observed and collected at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Tryonia, 4: 1-32. LIRS catalog number 403.