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Conus spurius

Geological Range

Late Pliocene (see remarks) to Late Pleistocene; Recent.

Paleogeographic Distribution

Cuba to Southern Florida (see remarks).

Remarks

For information on the modern distribution of the species, see Malacolog. A project to investigate the fossil record of Conus spurius beyond southern Florida is currently in progress. The fossil record of the species likely extends into the Caribbean and back to the Late Miocene.

First English Description (from Dillwyn, 1817, p. 366):

"Shell conical, white, with irregularly alternate rows of broad and smaller spots; spire depressed, mucronated, and the whirls concave.

[...] Shell about two inches long, and rather more than half as broad, with the spire flattish at the circumference, and mucronated at the centre; some of the rows of spots are frequently confluent, and others detached in the same specimen, and in other specimens they are frequently all detached, and often considerably distant from each other. A shell from the Red Sea figured by Chemnitz, x.t. 140. f. 1300, has the spire considerably elevated, and is considered by Bruguiere to be a Variety of this species."

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Stratigraphic Occurrences

Late Pleistocene
Fort Thompson Formation (S. FL)
Jaimanitas Formation (Cuba)
Middle Pleistocene
Bermont Formation (S. FL)
Early Pleistocene
Caloosahatchee Formation (S. FL)
Late Pliocene
Jackson Bluff Formation (N. FL)
Tamiami Formation (Pinecrest Beds) (S. FL)
<i>Conus spurius</i> from either the Early Pleistocene Caloosahatchee Fm. or Late Pleistocene Fort Thompson Fm. of Hendry County, Florida (UF 15085).
Conus spurius from either the Early Pleistocene Caloosahatchee Fm. or Late Pleistocene Fort Thompson Fm. of Hendry County, Florida (UF 15085).
Late Pleistocene Map
Late Pleistocene Map
Middle Pleistocene Map
Middle Pleistocene Map
Early Pleistocene Map
Early Pleistocene Map
Late Pliocene Map
Late Pliocene Map