FIELD GUIDE ﷯Orange Conecone 
Conus traficus height: 1.5-2.5' range: throughout the United States with concentrations in urban areas. Winters southern United States and southward. The Orange Conecone is perhaps the most well known of all conus. Its bright orange coat devoid of any marking makes it easily recognizable. Its gentle and hardy nature lends well to domestication, so it is often used in construction and road work. ﷯Blue Conecone 
Conus smurficus height: 1' range: California and Hawaii, often near gas stations, car washes, and hair salons The Blue Conecone is a rare and beautiful cone. It was severely threatened with extinction in the late seventies due to a mistaken belief that boiling the cone would produce gold. ﷯Leper's Blackfoot 
Conus leprecus height: 1.5-2' range: throughout the western states , particularly near open trenches The unfortunately named cone was discovered by late cone enthusiast Sir Edgar Henry Leper in the late 1980's. Its striking orange and black countenance often warns the wary passerby of impending ditches. It should not be confused with its deadly relative Conus Estheris. ﷯Esther's Cone 
Conus estheris height: 1.5' range: Southern California and Eastern Wisconsin Esther's cone should not be confused with its benign relative, Conus Leprecus. This cone is highly poisonous, and should be handled only with the greatest of care. The differences between the two can be remembered with this old rhyme: "Orange stripe around, Death abound, No stripe in sight, All is right" Esther's cone was named after young Esther Ludlum who licked this cone on a childish dare and promptly perished. ﷯Giant Cone of Madagascar Conus giganticus height: 5'-6' range: Madagascar and airports, especially international terminals These massive cones are believed to be directly descended from the ancient Megalacone. They possess a particular fondness for small paper pamphlets, although the reason for this affinity is unknown. ﷯Northern Petal Cone 
Conus florapodis height: 2' range: scattered populations throughout the northern hemisphere. This rare cone has a unique curving foot that was previously thought to be merely a decoration. However, recent studies have shown that petal footed cones have a slight advantage over their square footed cousins on soft ground and grassy terrain. Despite this fact, petal cone populations have been rapidly decreasing due to the popular practice of harvesting their feet for shower and bathtub adornment. ﷯Lesser Striped Cone 
Conus zebricus height: 1.5-2' range: highways throughout the world. The Lesser Striped Cone is a relatively new species that has spread rapidly due to its adeptness at highway work. Its stripes are highly reflective, allowing it work at night as well as during the day. Most travel in herds of five. ﷯Whiffle Cone Conus whifflis height: .5' range: Well-kept fields in warmer climes, especially Florida The diminutive size of the Conus Whifflis. has afforded it the affectionate nickname, "Chihuahua Cone." This cone has developed special slits called "whiffle ways" to keep its delicate frame from being knocked over in high winds. There are few wild Whiffle Cones left today, as they are popular pets, and easily domesticated. ﷯Bumble Cone Conus buzzicus height: 1.5' range: believed to exist at a few public schools This cone species was once thought to be extinct. However, a large population was recently discovered in the shed of a Southern California school. Juveniles of these cones possess a bright yellow coat. As they mature, their coloring changes to greyish black. Adult cones make a distictive buzzing sound when threatened. ﷯Purple Pylon Conus grapicus height: 1.5-2' range: limited to a few parks scattered throughout the continental U.S. The Purple Pylon ranges in color from deep purple to lavender. Many members of this species exhibit a strange attraction to helium balloons. This affinity can cause them to turn up at parties quite uninvited. ﷯Greater Rufous Conus redicus height:1' range:mini malls The Greater Rufous ranges in color from vibrant red to dark pink. As the Greater Rufous can only survive near mini malls, its fate is linked to these habitats. So far the mini mall has thrived, but some have predicted that the rise of the "megastore" will mark this little bright cone's demise. ﷯Dwarf ConeCone 
Conus tinicus height: 5'' range: difficult to determine- extremely rare Traditional cone lore is filled with accounts of diminutive cones saving hapless stagecoaches and chariots. Modern conologists largely dismissed these tales as false. However, an intrepid cone hunter recently discovered and photographed this rare little beast. Although scientists speculate that only a handful may still exist in the wild, chances for the Dwarf ConeCone look good. They appear to be adapting well to captivity and have produced offspring. ﷯Swiss Hatted Cone 
Conus suizicus height: 3.5' range: Switzerland The males of this species sport festive headdresses in times of mating. These elaborate hats are apparently constructed of materials common to the cones habitat. Besides brightly colored road signs, the cones have been known to adorn themselves with tinfoil, paper plates, and even smaller species of cones. The females lack a penchant for hats, and tend to be smaller with muted markings. ﷯French ConeCone Conus francaisicus height: 2' range: Western France This cone is easily recognized by its distinctive rounded base. It is considered good luck to tap this cone with a baguette. Unfortunately, overzealous luck seekers over the decades have greatly injured this charming species.