Cone Snail Strikes a Fish
This video explores the anatomy of cone snails, a type of predatory sea snail, and the ways in which different cone snail species hunt and capture their prey.
Biologist Jason Biggs uses photographs and real footage to illustrate the structures and functions of the cone snail’s body parts. He then shows a series of short videos showcasing different strategies that cone snails have evolved for hunting fish, worms, and other snails. These strategies typically involve using venom to paralyze prey.
This clip is from a 2009 Holiday Lecture Series, Exploring Biodiversity: The Search for New Medicines.
Conus, evolution, gastropod, marine biology, mollusk, neurotoxin, paralysis, predator, prey, venom