oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A revision of the littoral Conidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of the Cape Province

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Four species of littoral and inshore Cape Conus are revised. with emphasis on distribution patterns and geographical variation. C. scitulus Reeve and C. mozambicus Hwass in Bruguière are regarded as polytypic, the former with subspecies algoensis Sowerby and simplex Sowerby, the latter with subspecies lautus Reeve (a nomen dubium here used provisionally pending relevant type studies). C. tinianus Hwass in Bruguière and C. pictus Reeve are monotypic. Partial synonymies are proposed and type localities designated for all except lautus. Egg capsules of scitulus, tinianus and mozambicus are descriptionbed; eggs are unusually large and few in number for the genus, and development in all is apparently direct.

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