By Ramasamy Santhanam

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Spire is uniformly yellowish white and early whorls are dark brown. Aperture is white. Adults of this species are typically between 60–140 mm in length. Like all species within the genus Conus, these snails are predatory and venomous. They are capable of “stinging” humans and therefore live ones should be handled carefully or not at all. 1. Conasprella centurio (Born, 1778) (= Conus century, Kohniconus centurio) Apertural view Abapertural view Common Name: Centurion cone Geographical Distribution: Throughout the Caribbean from the Bahamas to southern Brazil 44 Biology and Ecology of Venomous Marine Snails Habitat: Gravel and sand, and also in coral rubble and on coral reefs from shallow water to 100 m.

Habitat: Rocky, bouldery benthic sediment and coral reefs at depths to 20 m Identifying Features: Adults are growing to 75 mm. Like all species within the genus Conus, these snails are predatory and venomous. They are capable of “stinging” humans and therefore live ones should be handled carefully or not at all. Nothing much is known about its biology. , 2006). Conus litteratus (Linnaeus, 1758) Apertural view Abapertural view Common Name: Lettered cone Geographical Distribution: Indo-Pacific, except for Red Sea and Hawaiian Archipelago.

It is administered through injection 36 Biology and Ecology of Venomous Marine Snails into the spinal fluid. S. , 2011). Though Ziconotide alleviates pain effectively (without causing addiction, by blocking the pores of sodium channels). Unfortunately, CTx-MVIIA has a narrow therapeutic window and produces serious side effects due to the poor reversibility of its binding to the channel. It would thus be desirable to identify new analgesic blockers with binding characteristics that lead to fewer adverse side effects.

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