Conus geographus   Linnaeus, 1758    At night, Yomitan Reef, Okinawa, Japan (86 mm.)

Conus geographus Linnaeus, 1758 At night, Yomitan Reef, Okinawa, Japan

~~ Tétrodotoxine+Neurotoxique ~~   Conus Geographus (Cône Géographique)

~~ Tétrodotoxine+Neurotoxique ~~ Conus Geographus (Cône Géographique)

While most cone shells will retract within the shell when disturbed and show little or no inclination to sting humans, Conus geographus will frequently start waving about its stinger looking for a victim when it is picked up. You have to watch this one carefully. They live in a variety of seaward reef and lagoon habitats, and like many other cones, are nocturnally active.

While most cone shells will retract within the shell when disturbed and show little or no inclination to sting humans, Conus geographus will frequently start waving about its stinger looking for a victim when it is picked up. You have to watch this one carefully. They live in a variety of seaward reef and lagoon habitats, and like many other cones, are nocturnally active.

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Conus Geographus Seashells found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).

The Geographic Cone Snail (Conus geographus) shows its siphon and proboscis. This snail is also humorously called “the cigarette snail” since if one stings you, you allegedly have time for one cigarette before dying.

Unexpected Deadly Beauty

Cone-shells found in the South Pacific and Indian oceans, have poisonous barbs that cause paralysis and occasionally death if you touch them. The Geographer Cone is probably the most dangerous one of all.

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Conus Geographus Seashells found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).

Conus geographus Linnaeus, 1758  Geography cone, 129mm  Conus geographus is the largest of the fish-eating cone shells and is also the most dangerous. Its venom has adapted to become powerful enough to quickly stun or kill a prey fish. It wouldn't do the cone much good if the fish were stung and escaped, only to die somewhere else. In addition to having highly virulent venom, it also has an aggressive attitude.

Conus geographus Linnaeus, 1758 Geography cone, 129mm Conus geographus is the largest of the fish-eating cone shells and is also the most dangerous. Its venom has adapted to become powerful enough to quickly stun or kill a prey fish. It wouldn't do the cone much good if the fish were stung and escaped, only to die somewhere else. In addition to having highly virulent venom, it also has an aggressive attitude.

Conus geographus

Conus geographus

Geography Cone (Conus Geographus). Found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). #kzn #KwaZuluNatal #kznsouthcoast #southafrica #seashells #seashell

Conus Geographus Seashells found on the Mtwalume / Elysium / Ifafa beaches on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).

Geography cone, Conus geographus Because all Conus snails are venomous and capable of "stinging" humans, live ones should be handled with great care or preferably not at all. The species most dangerous to humans are the larger ones which prey on small bottom-dwelling fish.

Geography cone, Conus geographus Because all Conus snails are venomous and capable of "stinging" humans, live ones should be handled with great care or preferably not at all. The species most dangerous to humans are the larger ones which prey on small bottom-dwelling fish.

Conus geographus, a type of cone snail, is a dangerous creature. Found in tropical and subtropical seas, these snails hide under the sand in coral reefs with their siphon sticking out.

Conus geographus, a type of cone snail, is a dangerous creature. Found in tropical and subtropical seas, these snails hide under the sand in coral reefs with their siphon sticking out.

A geography cone snail (Conus geographus) The human lethal dose for its venom has been estimated at just 0.029-0.038mg for every kg of body mass. 65% of human stinging cases are fatal without medical attention – although only 36 such fatalities have been recorded since 1670. (Credit: Jeff Rotman/NPL)

One animal is more venomous than any other

A geography cone snail (Conus geographus) (Credit: Jeff Rotman/NPL)

Geographic cone snail (Conus geographus) (Credit: Franco Banfi/naturepl.com)

The animals that look helpless but are secretly fearsome

Geographic cone snail (Conus geographus) (Credit: Franco Banfi/naturepl.com)

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