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Conus geographus, popularly called the geography cone, is a species of predatory cone snail. It lives in reefs of the tropical Indo-Pacific, and hunts small fish. Although all cone snails hunt and kill prey using venom, the venom of this species is potent enough to kill humans. Specimens should be handled with extreme caution.

C geographus has the most toxic sting known among Conusspecies and is responsible for more than thirty human fatalities. Yoshiba estimateed an LD50 of 0.001-0.003 mg/kg. In two cases of envenomation, only 0.0002-0.0005 mg resulted in severe paralysis. Other figures estimate LD50 values of 0.012-0.03 mg/kg. These estimates make the geographic cone snail one of the most venomous animals in the world.

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