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Conus geographus


Conus geographus 
Geography Cone 
Escargots de mer 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Neogastropoda (Order) > Conidae (Family) > Conus (Genus) > geographus (Species) 
Initial determination:
Linnaeus, 1758 
groupe Pitcairn, île de Guam, Indonésie, Philippines 
6 cm - 12 cm 
20°C - 28°C 
escargots, poissons (petits poissons) 
~ 250 Liter 
Not suitable for aquarium keeping 
Highly toxic 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life
  • Conus abbas
  • Conus abbreviatus
  • Conus abrolhosensis
  • Conus achatinus
  • Conus acutangulus
  • Conus adami
  • Conus adamsonii
  • Conus adenensis
  • Conus admirationis
  • Conus advertex
More related species
in this lexicon
Last edit:
2010-01-31 14:05:12 


Conus geographus est (très) toxique et peut vous tuer!!!! Si vous voulez avoir Conus geographus informez vous bien sur le venin et son action sur le corps. Gardez une notice avec le numéro du Centre Antipoison et toutes les informations sur l'espèce à coté de votre aquarium pour qu'en cas d'urgence on puisse aider rapidement.Le numéro du Centre Antipoison est trouvable ici: Ceci s'affiche chez des espèces toxiques où très toxiques. Chaque humain réagit différemment sur des venins. Evaluez donc bien le risque pour vous !!ET!! votre entourage! Ne badinez pas avec Conus geographus


The cone snail Conus geographus found in and around the reefs of the Indo-Pacific, it is the most toxic of the known 500 cone snail species and several human deaths have been attributed to it already. Because of their very fine snail shell, it is very popular with collectors and not at least because this behavior it came to the said death by careless collect.

Their venom is a complex mixture of hundreds of different poisons, it injects its victims through a "harpoon-like" fangs of a retractable proboscis (as shown in one of the pictures below). There is no antivenin for a cone snail sting, and treatment is limited to merely keeping victims alive until the toxins wear off.

Why the venom of the snail is so incredibly toxic? Well, the poison has to be so strong and quick so that a "carved" fish is immediately immobilized by the venom because otherwise the fish would swim away, the fish would die anyway, however, the snail would have lost their catch.

Ironically, among the compounds found in cone snail venom are proteins which, when isolated, have enormous potential as pain-killing drugs. Research shows that certain of these proteins target specific human pain receptors and can be up to 10,000 times more potent than morphine without morphine 's addictive properties and side-effects.

Remains to observe, in any case avoid any "handling" of this kind of snail, they are in the position to penetrate with there poisonous sting (radula) even gloves, clothes and neoprene suits.

Cone snail's, so Conus geographus, feeds on fish, snails and worms. They reach a size of about 6 to 12 cm. In the reef they are found mostly under stones, between coral branches, or even buried in the sand. Since they can be introduced with live rock in your tanks we take this Cone snail into the lexicon in order to warn you.




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alge07 am 31.01.10#1
Ein sehr wichtiger Beitrag. Es werden Flügelschnecken im Handel angeboten, wo nicht von Abfang an klar ist, ob sie zu Strombidae oder Conidae gehören. Junge Schnecken von Canarius und Conomurex mit Bewuchs auf dem Haus sind schwer von Conus zu unterscheiden. Es wird sich wohl nicht vermeiden lassen, die Schnecken zu Anfang in Quarantäne zu halten und zu testen, ob es "Jäger oder Sammler" sind.
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