Conus abruptus

Conus abruptus
Conus abruptus
Temporal range: Tertiary[1][2]
Apertural (upper) and abapertural view of the fossil shell of Conus abruptus from its original description.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Conoidea
Family: Conidae
Subfamily: Coninae
Genus: Conus
Species: C. abruptus
Binomial name
Conus abruptus
Marshall, 1918[1].

Conus (Lithoconus) abruptus Marshall, 1918

Conus abruptus is an extinct species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.



Conus abruptus was originally discovered and described by New Zealand geologist Patrick Marshall in 1918.[1]

Marshall's type description reads as follows:

Conus (Lithoconus) abruptus. n. sp. (Plate XX, figs. 7, 7a.)

Shell of moderate size, conical, 20 mm by 11 mm. Spire of 5 whorls, almost flat, and from it the protoconch of 3 whorls projects sharply. Aperture narrow. Columella with a spiral groove near its anterior end. Ornamentation: The whorls of the spire each with about 5 spiral lirae crossed by numerous growth-lines. Suture moderately deep. Body-whorl with numerous but indistinct growth-lines. Eleven distinct spiral lirae near the anterior end. Otherwise the surface is quite smooth.

One specimen, in good condition. This subgenus has not previously been recorded from New Zealand. Type in the Wanganui Museum.


Pakaurangi Point, Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand, during the Tertiary.[1]


This article incorporates public domain text originating from the New Zealand from the reference [1].

  1. ^ a b c d e Marshall P. (1918). "The Tertiary Molluscan Fauna of Pakaurangi Point. Kaipara Harbour". Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 50: 263-278. Plate 20, figure 7, 7a.
  2. ^ "Conus (Lithoconus) abruptus Marshall, 1918. Paleo records.". The Conus Biodiversity website, accessed 21 March 2010.

Further reading

  • Beu & Maxwell (1990). N.Z. Geol. Surv. Paleontol. Bull. 58: 124.

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