The newly described
Conus brianhayesi Korn, 2000,
picture of the living animal
This is believed to be the first known pulished
photo of a living Conus brianhayesi
The Conus species of South Africa are a little studied group of Molluscs. Some work has been done on taxonomy, describing a few new species, but not much is known about their habitat, distribution and ecology.

Size ranges from about 18 to 22 mm. Colour is brown and cream, varying from a unform brown/cream colour to light brown, with darker brown blotches or spiral bands. The shell is very similar in colouration to Conus bairstowi Sowerby III, 1889 but the size of C. brianhayesi is much smaller and the shell more slender. C. bairstowi tends to be have a broader shoulder and to be a much heavier. As can be seen from the accompanying photo, the animal of C. brianhayesi is pure white.

C. brianhayesi is found in a very localized area, in the northern Transkei region of South Africa.
They are a deep-water species , being dredged from about 70 to 100m deep.
They are only known from a very restricted area at present. The range of C. bairstowi is far to the south and ranges from Jeffreys Bay to East London.

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