Notes on Afonsoconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2013 (Gastropoda, Conidae), with description of a new species from the Southwestern Indian Ocean

  • Manuel J. Tenorio Dept. CMIM y Química Inorgánica - Instituto de Biomoléculas (INBIO), Facultad de Ciencias, Torre Norte, 1ª Planta, Universidad de Cadiz, 11510 Puerto Real, Cadiz
  • Eric Monnier Département Chimie, Vivant, Santé (EPN7), Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), 292, rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
  • Nicolas Puillandre Institut Systématique Evolution Biodiversité (ISYEB), Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, EPHE, 57 rue Cuvier, CP 26, 75005 Paris
Keywords: mitochondrial cox1 gene, Conidae, Afonsoconus, South-West Indian Ocean


Although cone snails are among the most studied group of gastropods, new species are still regularly described. Here, we focus on Afonsoconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2013, a lineage that includes only two species from the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The analysis of molecular (partial mitochondrial cox1 gene sequences) and morphological (shell and radular tooth) characters revealed that the samples collected by dredging in deep water during a recent expedition carried out in the Mozambique Channel are different from the samples collected in the Pacific Ocean. We thus introduce here a new species, Afonsoconus crosnieri sp. nov., from the SW Indian Ocean including records from the Mozambique Channel, the Comoros and Glorieuses Islands, Madagascar, South Africa and Reunion Island.


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How to Cite
Tenorio, M. J., Monnier, E., & Puillandre, N. (2018). Notes on Afonsoconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2013 (Gastropoda, Conidae), with description of a new species from the Southwestern Indian Ocean. European Journal of Taxonomy, (472).