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** Second trip to NC, Conus marmoreus amazing variations - Published : Jan 24, 2006

Second trip to New-Caledonia - Christmas 2005 Family trip but still hunting for Cone shells... That's the second time I have the chance to travel to this very nice island. But this time it was not a pure shell collecting trip... it was a family trip. I managed to collect some cone shells though. The first shell hunting party was on the East coast, night scuba at deaph of 6-10m. It was supposed to be a good spot for rare cone shells such as Conus bullatus, Conus ammiralis and Conus crocatus. The shells were not out this night. After one hour and a half of shell hunting we came back with two amazing Conus tesselatus and a Conus litteratus.

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** Conus aulicus chasing Cypraea talpa in New Caledonia - Published : Oct 19, 2005

This march 17th 2005, while night scuba outside the reef, around 12m of water, Patrick DELESTE (a non-collector friend) and I have seen a rare thing in the natural habitat : a cone shell (Conus aulicus) attacking its prey (Cypraea talpa). First, what a surprise when my light spots this nice species crawling along a rocky slope head down. I immediately identify the specimen to be a Conus aulicus (very uncommon species there) ! It's not a giant but what a beauty ! He crawles fastly like if it was attracted by something... 30 to 40 cm under it, a juvenile Cypraea talpa is hidden in a crevice.

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** Lambis robusta Swainson, 1821 A Polynesian Endemic species - Published : May 17, 2005

French Polynesia offers some endemic species to collectors, but they are mainly concentrated in the Marquesas Islands. However, some endemics are not restricted to these Islands. This is the case of our very nice Lambis robusta, Swainson, 1821. This species is found usually outside the reef on the external slope. The average deaph of its habitat may vary from 10 to 25 meters. It is usually found among dead coral fragments and can be difficult to spot. When the shell is cleaned (which may take sometime), a real beauty appears with overall dorsum color is pink to light orange-brown. The "fingers" are dark brown to black colored. The mouth is a mix of black orange and white colors. This species remains uncommon and one must pay a lot of attention to spot this wonderful species. Here are pictures or four specimens I collected at Moorea Island.

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** Forms of cribraria comma (Perry 1811) and of esontropia francescoi (Lorenz 2002) - Published : May 11, 2005

Material available to author in his own collection: c. comma (130), c. comma var. (3), e. francescoi (16), e. francescoi form mainland (34), intermediates of cribraria comma/esontropia francescoi (3) and varying numbers of specimens of c. abaliena, e. esontropia, e. cribellum and pelliserpentis. In addition, the author viewed specimens in the collections of Werner Massier (Swakopmund, Namibia), Clinton Matheson (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Vellie Veldsman and Laurie Smith (Pretoria, South Africa).

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** A review of the Bistolida-complex of Africa's north-eastern, eastern and southern coastlines and the adjacent Indian Ocean islands - Published : May 11, 2005

This study document reviews the Bistolida-complex with specific reference to the sp. and ssp. along the north-eastern, eastern and southern coastlines of Africa and the adjacent islands. Some three decades ago in 1977, C.M. Burgess (1977) questioned the validity of some Bistolida sp. on the grounds of conchological similarities or apparent integrades (such as hirundo and owenii; brevidentata and stolida; erythraeensis and stolida; hirundo and neglecta). Much water has flowed under the bridge since then. One of the Bistolida sp. has since been split: stolida diauges gave rise to the sp. diauges and the ssp. stolida clavicola. Two new Bistolida ssp. were described: stolida brianoi and stolida uvongoensis.

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