Conus pulcherrimus   (Heilprin, 1879)





Shell conical; spire elevated; whorls about seven, slightly concave above, anularly granulated on the angle and transversely striated; a prominent simple line below the angle, and one of granulations beneath the suture (1).

Length about ˝ inch.



Plate 7, figures 24, 25 

Plate 8, figures 1-5 

Aldrich says simply: "A much more perfect specimen than the type 
is here figured. There is no doubt of its being Pleurotoma." A very few small specimens of this species have heretofore been collected and Heilprin and Aldrich have commented on them. Figure 25 of plate 7 shows the more common form. But now we have much larger specimens apparently of the same species as shown by Pl. 7, fig. 24 and pl. 8, figure 1 &c. The slender, smooth apex is very mark-worthy, likewise the markings on the later whorls and the general fusoid appear
ance. Another larger shell is shown on plate 8, figure 5, that seems to have a more fulguroid or hemifusus outline and has no trace of the second or sub-medial carination of the first mentioned species. A small specimen in the U. S. National Museum numbered 137,416 may be the young of this fulguroid form (fig. 6, pl. 8). This may be designated as a distinct species under the name tardereperta (3)





Holotype:  AMNH  10175/1 – AMNH 5704/1


Epoca: Eocene




Conus pulcherrimus

Claiborne - Alabama


Eosurcula pulcherrima (2)

Plate 42 – fig. 4


Eosurcula pulcherrima (3)

Plate 7, figure 24 

Plate 8, figure 2

Eosurcula pulcherrima (3)

Plate 7, figure  25 


Eosurcula pulcherrima (3)

Plate 8, figure 1 

mm. 21


Eosurcula pulcherrima (3)

Plate 8, figure 3 

mm. 18





Eosurcula pulcherrima (3)

Plate 8, figure 4 







·        (1) - Heilprin, A., 1879. On some New Eocene Fossils from the Clairborne Marine Formation of Alabama. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia