View Full Version : Cone Shells - Family Conidae.

09-02-2008, 20:39
Cone shells are predatory molluscs that feed on other animals. They catch their prey by firing a harpoon filled with poison from a prehensile tube. Some species can be very poisonous to humans and you should avoid handling Cone shells as they can fire their harpoon in any direction - even behind. You can see the yellow warning markings on the tube of the Purple Cone Shell Conus flavidus pictured. I love the warfare of the natural world.