100 Years – 100 Objects: Conus adamsonii

August 19, 2009

The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 – meaning that the curators of the Houston Museum of Natural Science have been collecting and preserving natural and cultural treasures for a hundred years now. For this yearlong series, our current curators have chosen one hundred exceptional objects from the Museum’s immense storehouse of specimens and artifacts—one for each year of our history. Check back here frequently to learn more about this diverse selection of behind-the-scenes curiosities—we will post the image and description of a new object every few days.

Conus rhodendron - srop

This description is from Tina, the museum’s associate curator of malacology. She has chosen a selection of objects that represent the most fascinating shells and animals in the Museum’s collections, that we’ll be sharing here – and at 100.hmns.org– throughout the year.

Broderip, 1836

Commonly called the “Rhododendron Cone” this rare species is easily distinguishable from any other species of Conidae.  They live on the seaward sides of coral reefs and are difficult to find in their habitats because of the rough ocean currents outside the reefs.  Occasionally they can be found inside the protective coral reefs in lagoons.  Possibly these have been washed over the reef by strong storms.  French Polynesia is the eastern border of its range which extends westward to the Coral Sea area.

You can see more images of this fascinating artifact – as well as the others we’ve posted so far this year – in the 100 Objects section at 100.hmns.org

Authored By Steven Cowan

Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations, and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country. After all, he majored in History at Vassar College. Within three months of graduation, he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since. He is fast becoming a communications fanatic, spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer.

5 responses to “100 Years – 100 Objects: Conus adamsonii”

  1. Raptor Lewis says:

    Despite my lack of knowledge of Malacology, I can tell you what I DO know. And that is, that this Conus adamsonii, is quite a pretty color. lol. I’m sorry if I sound like the mainstream public (Though I certainly am NOT! My knowledge lies more in with the theropod dinosaurs, more specifically some of the Coelurosaurs, and even MORE specifically the Dromaeosauridae (the “Raptors,” of course.) 😉 Anywho, interesting post and I can’t wait until the next post. 😉

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  2. Sharon says:

    Is this one venomous? It would attract me to pick it up!

  3. Ian Simmonds says:

    I have a very good specimen collected on the beach beside the main runway at the Aitutaki airport (Cook Islands) in 1998/99

  4. Sampson Mar says:

    The Conus Adamsonii is one of the iconic, “Holy Grail”-type of shells for all serious shell collectors, along with a handful of other rare and exotic shells. They are difficult to obtain, and getting more so. Recently, I have been fortunate enough to obtain one from the Marquesas Islands. I’m so pleased that the HMNS chose to include a number of seashells in your “100 Objects” – Nature’s Porcelain.

  5. Richard Leitner says:

    Great information 🙂

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