The family Terebridae is represented in the Marshalls by at least 34 species in 8 genera. All are sand dwellers, although Terenolla pygmaea has sometimes been found under rocks or in rubble. Terebrids, often commonly called augers, are thought to prey upon various marine worms. We have seen specimens eating both annelid worms and hemichordates (acorn worms). Terebrids are reported to have a harpoon-like radula with venom, much like the cone shells, for immobilizing prey but we have never heard of any humans being injured by a terebrid sting.
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