100 Years – 100 Objects: Conus adamsonii

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

5 thoughts on “100 Years – 100 Objects: Conus adamsonii

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

  3. 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.

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