The genus Conus sensu lato consists of 500-700 species. However, the mitochondrial genomes of only few species have been fully sequenced and reported so far.
An impressive biodiversity (>10,000 species) of marine snails (suborder Toxoglossa or superfamily Conoidea) have complex venoms, each containing approximately 100 biologically active, disulfide-rich peptides.
Barghi N, Concepcion G.P., Olivera B.M., Lluisma A.O.
The venom of each species of Conus contains different kinds of pharmacologically active peptides which are mostly unique to that species.