Fish-eating species of cones are characterised by shells with wide apertures. Conus geographus, Conus tulipa, Conus striatus, Conus catus and Conus magus are exceptionally dangerous and should never be handled under any circumstances. The Queensland Museum houses the actual specimen of Conus geographus responsible for the famous 1935 fatality at Hayman Island off the Queensland central coast. The unfortunate victim (a fit man in his late 20’s) had been stung in the hand while cleaning the surface of the shell.
Fish-eating cone species: [left to right] Conus striatus, Conus geographus, Conus tulipa, Conus magus. Bottom right: Conus catus. (Longest specimen shown 130mm)
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