NAME: Algoa cone (Conus algoensis algoensis)
SIZE: Up to 80mm.
DISTRIBUTION: Saldanha Bay to Cape Peninsula, intertidally to 53m. Endemic.
DESCRIPTION: A cone shell with a rounded shoulder and ‘steps’ between shoulder whorls. Shell chocolate brown and blotched with white. Spire mostly white with brown splashes.
NATURAL HISTORY: Feeds on polychaete worms. Egg capsules shaped like corn pips.
Familiarize yourself with these interesting creatures and other marine animals for your next dive. For more information grab a copy of this book “A Field Guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula” by Georgina Jones available in Pisces Divers.