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Barcode data: Conus californicus
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Conus californicus
Public Records: 48
Specimens with Barcodes: 48
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conus californicus, common name the California cone, is a species of small, predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails. As both the Latin name and common name suggest, this cone is found primarily in California. It is also the only cone found in California as well as the rest of western North America.
Distribution and habitat
This small cone snail is unusual, most species are tropical whereas this species lives in the cooler, temperate waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, including most of the coast of California. The range of this species is from the Farallon Islands near San Francisco to Bahia Magdalena, in Baja California, Mexico. 
This shell is distinguished by its grayish brown color and thick periostracum. It is round-shouldered with the aperture broader at the base. The spire is flat and the height of the shell ranges from 25–40 mm.
- Conus californicus Reeve, 1844. Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
- Stewart J. & Gilly W. F. (October 2005). "Piscivorous Behavior of a Temperate Cone Snail, Conus californicus". Biological Bulletin 209: 146-153. full text.
- McLean, James H., 1978 Marine Shells of Southern California, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Museum, Science Series 24, 51-52.
- McMenamin, M. A. S. (1984). "Conus californicus from the Late Pleistocene of Isla Vista, California". Bulletin of the Southern California Paleontological Society 16 (1&2): 9.
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