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Cone Snail
Dangerous09-cone-snail
Gastridium geographus
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Family Conidae

Coninae, common names the cone snails, cone shells or cones, is a subfamily of small to quite large sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Conidae.

These are sophisticated predatory animals. They hunt and immobilize prey using a modified radular tooth along with a poison gland containing neurotoxins; the tooth is launched out of the snail's mouth in a harpoon-like action.

The traditional taxonomy places all of the cone snails in the Conidae. A newer proposed taxonomy redefines Coninae.

2009 Proposed TaxonomyEdit

J.K. Tucker and M.J. Tenorio's 2009 proposed classification system for the cone snails redefines Coninae. Their list of genera in the subfamily Coninae include the following genera:

  • Calibanus da Motta, 1991
  • Chelyconus Mörch, 1852
  • Conus Linnaeus, 1758
  • Cylinder Montfort, 1810
  • Darioconus Iredale, 1930
  • Endemoconus Iredale, 1931
  • Eugeniconus da Motta, 1991
  • Gastridium Modeer, 1793
  • Leptoconus Swainson, 1840
  • Nataliconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2009
  • Phasmoconus Mörch, 1852
  • Pionoconus Mörch, 1852
  • Protostrioconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2009
  • Pseudolilliconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2009
  • Textilia Swainson, 1840



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