SpecimensAustralian Museum Malacology Collection
A Cone Shell is a common name for a large group of small to large sized predatory sea snails from the genus Conus. All cone snails are venomous and capable of stinging humans. The species most dangerous to humans are the larger cones, which prey on small bottom-dwelling fish; the smaller species mostly hunt and eat marine worms. Cone snails use a hypodermic needle-like modified radula tooth and a venom gland to attack and paralyse their prey before engulfing it. The tooth is sometimes likened to a barbed dart harpoon.
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