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Rayed Cones

Posted by Jody on January 24, 2013

Today I’ve decided to share an oldie but a goodie. These Rayed Cones are some of my favorite beach treasures!


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The Rayed Cone snail (Conus radiatus) is a delightful find, but only if you find the empty seashell.  If you find a live one, you would be well advised to leave this marine snail alone!  A member of the  Conidae family of venomous marine gastropod mollusks, the rayed cone snail is found in the waters of the Central Indo-Pacific seas.  They vary in length from a little over an inch to near 8 1/4 inches.

The Marine Biological Laboratory publication, “Of Mollusks and Men,”  describes the fierce cone snails this way: “When the snails are close enough to their prey, most species shoot out a tiny harpoon that instantly paralyzes the prey with venom. The snail moves in, opens its flexible snout, and pulls its meal into its stomach. Cone snails come in about 500 varieties and are found mainly in the shallow waters of coral…

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4 Responses to “Rayed Cones”

  1. Those are some of my favorites too! I’ve never met a seashell I didn’t like ha ha ha!

  2. Suzanne said

    Gorgeous photo – I never realized cone shellfish came in these lovely shells before.

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