Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Fiji (Moolenbeek et al. 2008). It has been found alive at 150-183 m, and empty shells from 120-260 m.

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs at depths of between 150 and 183 m on soft bottoms. Adults of the species will grow to approx 75 mm although they will typically be less than this (Moolenbeek et al. 2008).

Systems
  • Marine
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Bouchet, P.

Reviewer/s
Seddon, M. & Peters, H.

Contributor/s

Justification
This recently described species (2008) is endemic to Fiji. It has been collected alive from 150-183 m. All specimens of this species were obtained during scientific surveys, none has been made available for commercial trade. Because of its inaccessibility it is unlikely to be available in the specimen shell trade in the future. There are no conservation measures in place for the protection of this species, however, its depth distribution provides a natural protection by making it less accessible. It is listed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
At numerous stations species were collected, where it occurred at one or two specimens per station (P. Bouchet pers. comm. 2011).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats known to affect this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no conservation measures in place for the protection of this species.
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Wikipedia

Conus gigasulcatus

Conus gigasulcatus is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[2]

Like all species within the genus Conus, these snails are predatory and venomous. They are capable of "stinging" humans, therefore live ones should be handled carefully or not at all.

Description[edit]

The size of an adult shell varies between 28 mm and 90 mm.

Distribution[edit]

This species occurs in the Pacific Ocean along Fiji and Vanuatu

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moolenbeek, R. G., Rockel, D., and Bouchet, P., 2008. New records and new species of cones from deeper water off Fiji (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Conidae). Vita Malacologica, 6: 35 -49
  2. ^ a b Conus gigasulcatus Moolenbeek, Röckel & Bouchet, 2008.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 24 July 2011.
  • Tucker J.K. (2009). Recent cone species database. September 4th 2009 Edition.
  • Tucker J.K. & Tenorio M.J. (2009) Systematic classification of Recent and fossil conoidean gastropods. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. 296 pp.
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