Cone snail's strike is one of the quickest in the animal kingdom

ScienceDaily | 8/30/2019 | Staff
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Most people may not equate snails with speed, but members of the aquatic species C. catus have been found to possess some of the quickest movement among the animal kingdom. While many land snails use their radula, or feeding structure, to munch on plants, members of C. catus use their chitinous radula to catch fast moving fish and other marine animals with remarkable speed. And Professor Azizi and his colleagues were interested in determining just how fast their harpooning radula could function.

"When studying movement in animals, we found that latch and muscular sphincter structures like the one found in the cone snail's hydraulically propelled radula are capable of producing movements at remarkable speeds. By evaluating the anatomy and functional limits of these structures, we hope to uncover insights into how they evolve and how their design could inspire new forms for robots or...
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