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Marbled Cone - Conus marmoreus. Family Conidae. This snail is venomous, like all cone snails. Its venom is highly potent, and one drop can kill more than 20 men.

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Himba women wear only 2 types of cone shell : marbled cone or leopard cone . The patterning on these two cones are almost opposites. The marbled cone ( conus marmoreous ) is about the most striking of all shells, black in colour covered with uniformly sized white tents. It is predatory, living on other molluscs and inhabits the coral reefs. Leopard cone ( conus leopardus ) is uniformly banded, with evenly sized and spaced black spots. These snails are highly venomous.

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Unexpected Deadly Beauty

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Conus (Conus) marmoreus Linnaeus, C., 1758 Marble Cone Shell size 30 - 150 mm Indo-W Pacific

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