Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found along the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea, from Wewak in the north to Savaia on the southeastern tip (Poppe and Poppe 2011).

The EOO, AOO and number of locations exceed the threshold for criterion B.
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Range Description

This species is considered endemic to the Solomon islands, however, the original source lists Marau Sound (Guadalcanal Island) only, so the perceived range of this species may need to be further restricted.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found at depths of 40 to 90 m in the muddy sand off the deep reefs that are associated with coraline purple algae. It is reported to feed on polychaetes with adults of this species typically growing to lengths of 34 mm (Röckel et al. 1995, Poppe and Poppe 2011).

Systems
  • Marine
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Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
There are no data concerning the habitat of this species available. However, at the depth profile suggested, it is probably found on sand and on rock.

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
Duda, T.

Reviewer/s
Peters, H. & Tagaro, S.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is endemic to Papua New Guinea. There are only few specimens known in literature. However, there are no known major threats that will affect the population status of this species. We listed this as Least Concern. However, due to its small range, we recommend further research on its population and plausible threats.
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IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Bouchet, P.

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

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Justification
This species is currently known from few individuals from Guadalcanal. There is a need for more information on its taxonomic status, full distribution, population, ecology, and possible threats. This species is listed as Data Deficient until more is known.
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Population

Population
Only 30 specimens of this species have been reported (S. Tagaro pers. comm. 2011).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Population

Population
There are currently no data in the literature concerning populations of this species, however, this species is uncommon to rare which may be a reflection of its limited range.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
This species' habitat depth protects it from both casual gathering and scuba divers. It can only be brought to the surface as a by-catch from fishing or from dredging specifically for benthic taxa. Though its availability is extremely scarce this could be due to its environmental depth protection - further data are needed to deduce the threats.
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Major Threats
Threats to this species are unknown, as its habitat and full distribution are uncertain.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is scarce in the market and would benefit from further research into populations, distribution, habitat, level of off-take and threats (including the impact of fisheries) before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.
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Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no conservation measures in place for the protection of this species. There is a need for more information on its taxonomic status, full distribution, population, ecology, and possible threats.
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Wikipedia

Conus papuensis

Conus papuensis is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[1]

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.

Contents

Description

Distribution

References

  1. ^ a b Conus papuensis Coomans & Moolenbeek, 1982.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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