Mauritius offers, like other Indian Ocean localities, surprising variations of Conus (Cylinder) textile, Linnaeus 1758. Many very different patternsmay force collectors to search for specific name of species, forms and/or variations. We have shown these specimens to many expertcollectors and malacologists. Actually no real consenus have been established. So we had to make a choice. We will update this pagewhenever new descriptions will be published. The
If you are like me, you find it disappointing to read about a shell trip to a wonderful sounding marine area, only to find it is 90% about the country, and the other 10% is about all the money cowries or tulip shells that were found. I want to use my 90% to tell you about the shells I found -- those that would appeal to me, and hopefully to you.
11 March 2014 : Our New Iconography (Caribbean Cone shells) will be online this month. I am working also on 3 projects : Seychelles Cowries (actually under revision), Mauritius Cowries (not started yet) and New Caledonian Cone shells (not started yet). DAVID
08 March 2014 : We have finished the transfert of the website to OVH servers. I am going to update again the website. I had to wait the end of the transfer. We had to add a domain name in order to proceed to the new system, that is why the forum have the adress : http://forum.seashell-auctions.com/ instead of the older one. We may change it later, the forum is working fine though. David Touitou
27 janaury 2014 : Dealers' list and other links have been splited
14 janaury 2014 : The third version of Polynesian CONIDAE have been published in ICONOGRAPHY folder.
09 janaury 2014 : The third version of Polynesian CONIDAE is about to be published.
01 january 2014 : HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 and Happy Shelling !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
26 december 2013 : I have updated the ICONOGRAPHY of CONIDAE-POLYNESIA with more than 40 images of live shells, thanks to MICHEL BALLETON
24 december 2013 : MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!!! Hope shelling will be in all mind with the upcoming year !!!! Actually we are still working on the CONIDAE from Martinique & Guadeloupe (Caribbean) which is very difficult. Hope ti be able to make soon the revision of Polynesian TEREBRIDAE. And welcome to our 2 historical sponsors : CONCHOLOGY & SHELLSPASSION.
06 december 2013 : I am actually working on the revision of the CONIDAE from Martinique & Guadeloupe (Caribbean). The first work was really out of date... 2005 !
19 november 2013 : I have finished the revision of the CONIDAE from Seychelles. I updated the iconography with bigger images. I tried to fit with the scale of shells to show properly the big ones and very small ones.
11 november 2013 : With the help of Eric Le Court de Billot, we started the Iconography of CONIDAE from Mauritius Island (Indian Ocean)
06 november 2013 : With the help of Norbert Verneau and Matthias Deuus, we have published our work on CONIDAE from Mayotte (INDIAN OCEAN) http://www.seashell-collector.com/iconography/page_ressource-sans-titre.html
24 october 2013 : Michel Balleton & I, have finished the revision of the Polynesian Conidae. We started the job in 2004 with a first checklist. We now have all image for all species and added new descriptions of course. It is there http://www.seashell-collector.com/~ziptric/evo/iconography/page_conidae-from-french-polynesia.html
17 october 2013 : I am actually working on 3 projets : Updating our 2004 work on French Polynesian Conidae Checklist with the help of Michel Balleton. We are actually working with Norbert Verneau on the iconography of Mayotte (Indian Ocean) Cone shells and I am abour starting a similar project (Conidae checklist) with someone from Mauritius (Indian ocean).
13 october 2013 : As several of you asked me the creation date of website... We created this website in 1997 ! As you can notice, rare are the websites (from all kind of hobbies) that still exist from that period. I have seen hundreds of shell related websites that have been created and deleted... that is the main problem with internet. Things never go on for a long period. I just used a programm to check broken links. I had to delete hundreds of links to external pages !!
Remember that Seashell-Collector was one of the first shell related website to be launched ! Were less than 10 website in 1997 !! Incredible ! Time have passed and many more have been launched. But will they remain for years ? who knows....
11 october 2013 : I have changed the banner, I hope you will appreciate this big banner showing a diver (me) face to a nice Cypraea Luria lurida lurida from France !
10 october 2013 : 2 articles have been corrected (image link errors) : Bistolisda Complex 2005 & Cribarula complex 2005; Beginners/identification updated and corrected (image link errors); Wallpapers error link corrrected
10 october 2013 : added links to several offline articles published in xenophora&TCC, waiting 2 pdf files from xenophora that will be uploaded soon concerning : Voyage aux Seychelles & VENOMICS 2013 : Expédition scientifique en Polynésie
10 october 2013 : Sum up of genral articles have been corrected, display bug in the list.
09 october 2013 : A new article have been added : It sum up our last VENOMIC Trip to French polynesia last april (2013). Language is french but you may read it in english on the TCC n°23 (miscellaneous/The Cone collector menu)
08 october 2013 : The TCC (The Cone Collector newsletter) is ready for download in the miscellaneous/The Cone collector menu
07 october 2013 : We are experiencing a big late in the progress of development of the new version of the website, so I am going to update this one with a lot of new articles soon and update it very regulary. Happy Shelling, DAVID
23 may 2013 : Dear members, we had to change the forum as the old one was hacked too often. We of course kept all messages and accounts, but it could ask you a new password.
Some of you may want to know what is the best equipment to go shelling if you have the opportunity to travel to tropical islands ? Here is my way of snorkeling :1- Classic snorkeling equipment 2- Shirt (anti-UV and dry fast one) : first of all to protect from sun and also against injuries. you can wear a 3mm diving suit of course !3- One of the most important thing : bumbag (fanny pack). Always avoid plastic bag as stings of cone shells can hit you. Inside you can place many tools. 4- Watch : always give to someone the time you'll be gone, just in case... your hobby can sometimes make you loose the meaning of ime".....5- Gloves : as important as the bumbag, this will be inevitable if you want to flip dead coral plates manually
This is an iconography we made with M. Balleton on Polynesian Cone Shells. Alphabetical list of Shells.You'll find informations about rarity, habitat and a short discussion when needed.Personnal rarity classification (*) :Very common- Commom - Uncommon - Moderately Rare- Rare - Very rare(*) = the rarity indicated refers to years before 2003-2004