Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
HADDAD JUNIOR, Vidal; PAULA NETO, João Batista de and COBO, Válter José. Venomous mollusks: the risks of human accidents by conus snails (gastropoda: conidae) in Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2006, vol.39, n.5, pp. 498-500. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822006000500015.
Mollusks of the genus Conus present a venomous apparatus composed of radulae, a chitin structure linked to glands, which injects potent neurotoxic peptides, causing serious human envenomation and even death, associated with the blockage of certain receptors and muscular paralysis. No reported envenomation has occurred in Brazil, but certain populations are at risk of accidents.
Keywords : Conus; Venomous animals; Venomous mollusks; Human envenoming; Brazil.