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Conus (Pionoconus) striatus oahuensis 

Kahe Point, Oahu, 35 feet, 105mm

 

Kahe Point, Oahu, 35 feet, 112mm

 

Mahi Wreck, Oahu, 85 feet

 

Kaena Point, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Haleiwa, Oahu

 

HAWAIIAN STRIATED CONE  

Uncommon in sand under coral slabs at 20 to 60 feet, usually exposed at night.  Elongate pinkish-white shell with brown or purplish spirals forming flame-like axial streaks.  Spire is depressed and spirally grooved, body whorl constricted.  Attains 5 inches.  Animal is tan mottled with brown.  Feeds upon sleeping reef fishes and sting is potentially lethal to humans.  Endemic Hawaiian subspecies.