Conus geographus

Conus geographus

Conus geographus

Conus geographus

Conus geographus

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

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

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.

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.

Conus geographus - Linné, 1758

Conus geographus - Linné, find these all the time

The seven species of Conus from which members of the conantokin family of peptides have been isolated and characterized. Top row, left to right: Conus geographus (conantokin-G); Conus tulipa (conantokin-T); Conus radiatus (conantokin-R). Bottom row: Conus ermineus (conantokin-E – this work); Conus purpurascens (conantokin-P – this work); Conus parius (conantokins-Pr1, Pr2 and Pr3) and Conus lynceus (conantokin-L). All of the shells shown were collected in the Philippines except for Conus…

The seven species of Conus from which members of the conantokin family of…

Fish-eating cone species [left to right] Conus striatus, Conus geographus, Conus tulipa, Conus magus. Bottom right Conus catus. (Longest specimen shown 130mm)

Fish-eating cone species [left to right] Conus striatus, Conus geographus, Conus tulipa, Conus magus. Bottom right Conus catus. (Longest specimen shown

Conus geographus - How a snail eats a fish

Conus geographus - How a snail eats a fish

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