Species: C. textile
Scientific Name: Conus textile
The Textile Cone lives in the waters of the Red Sea, Indo-Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, the Indian Ocean from eastern Africa to Hawaii, and French Polynesia.
Cone snails are one of the most venomous creatures on earth. Among the most toxic are the textile snails with a high risk of death if injected with their venom. The live snail captures their prey by means of harpoon-like hollow teeth (radula) that are rapidly jabbed into their prey to inject the toxic venom. Attacks on humans usually occur when a cone snail is either stepped on in the ocean or picked up from the water or the beach.
This marine cone snail has a highly glossy, heavy shell and a short spine with straight or slightly concave sides. The body whorl is convex with rounded or slightly angled shoulders. There are slight spiral ridges near the base of the shell, and the rest is smooth. The color and pattern of this beautiful cone is highly variable. The background color is some variation of white or bluish white, with light to dark brown or yellowish overlapping textile markings, and three yellowish or brown interrupted spiral bands.