The teeth of cone nails are used to attack prey, detaching and shooting like a harpoon, releasing nerve poison into their victim.

“A cone shell’s attractive yellow and black coloration should be taken as a warning: this is one of the most poisonous shellfish in the world. A bite from the hollow teeth of its radula can inject enough venom to kill a man. The tooth is detached and shot into the prey like a harpoon, armed with a powerful nerve poison.” (Foy and Oxford Scientific Films 1982:112)

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Last Updated August 23, 2016