Cone Shells

Cone shells are a large family of marine snails known for their beautifully patterned shells and deadly venom. Cone shells’ international distribution, species diversity, and complex venom makes them the target of ongoing genetic, taxonomic, pharmaceutical, and biological research.

The University of Arkansas Museum's collection of dried cone shells represents the family's geographic and taxonomic diversity, with shells from several genera and subgenera sourced from every continent on Earth (excluding Antartica). 

Specific cone shell entries have been incorporated throughout this exhibit. Click on their photographs to learn more about individual specimens.


Ruth Walters, U of A Data Science Major