Shell Anatomy

We can study two different parts of cone snail anatomy:

The anatomy of the shell and the anatomy of the snail itself.

These diagrams show some of the vocabulary used when describing the anatomy of the snail shell. The apex, as can be seen on the first diagran, is the very tip of the spire. Some shells have taller spires than others. Some spires can be coronated – decorated with little bumps.

The snail’s head emerges from the more narrow end of the shell. Click on the next page to see snail body anatomy.

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Now that you’ve learned about the shell anatomy, take a look at the body whorl anatomy.

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