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Aquatic SpeciesGeographic Cone Snail

Conus geographus InvertebratesMollusks, marine

Geographic Cone Snail on rocks | Courtesy NIGMS
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Courtesy NIGMS

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Shells of geographic cone are found in the Tropical Pacific Gallery.

Geographic Distribution

Tropical Indo-Pacific region, Australia.


Geographic cones live in sand pockets near reef edges, under dead coral rubble or among coral reefs.

Physical Characteristics

This beautiful cone has a lightweight and thin but not fragile shell. Slightly glossy, the shell is oval and cylindrical with parallel sides that constrict to a narrower base. The body of the shell has slightly angled depressions that resemble wrinkles. The aperture is wide at the bottom. The shoulder of the shell is wide and angled, with a low spire and rounded coronations.

The background color is some variation of white, cream, pink or blue, heavily covered with fine brownish lines and irregular brownish blotches.


The geographic cone snail is 7-15 cm (2.8-6 in) in length.


They are nocturnal piscivores. They feed at night by stunning and capturing several small fish that they store internally. After gathering enough for a meal, they eat them individually.


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Special Notes

Geographic cone snails are known to have caused a number of human deaths. Their long and highly expendable proboscis is capable of reaching any part of its shell, which means it cannot be safely picked up by hand.