Marbled cone (species: Conus marmoreus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Conus marmoreus
Marbled cone

©Anne Hoggett: Conus marmoreus shell 10 cm long at the base of Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Barbara Banks: Conus marmoreusat Horseshoe Reef, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Conus marmoreus on the reef flat at Coconut Beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Neogastropoda
Family Conidae
Genus Conus
Species Conus marmoreus



Distinguishing features

Colour pattern as shown is distinctive for this species.


  • Up to 10 cm (shell length.)



©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

  • Fainzilber, M., R. van der Schors, J.C. Lodder, K.W. Li, W.P.M. Garaerts and K.S. Kits (1995). New sodium channel-blocking conotoxins also affect calcium currents in Lymnaea neurons, Biochemistry, 34: 5364-5371. LIRS catalog number 425.
  • Livett, B.G., D.W. Sandall, D. Keays, J. Down, K.R. Gayler, N. Satkunanathan and Z. Khalil (2006). Therapeutic applications of conotoxins that target the neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Toxicon, 48: 810-829. LIRS catalog number 1624.
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