Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This recently described species is only known from a few specimens at the most. If found to be a valid species, it would be endemic to Oman, in particular in the waters off Masirah Island (Moolenbeek 1996). Masirah Island has a coastline of approx 220 km.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species, if taxonomically valid, has been found at a depth of 20 m, where it occurs on sand (Moolenbeek 1996). The holotype is 63.5 mm in length. Nothing else is known about this species.

Systems
  • Marine
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Raybaudi-Massilia, G.

Reviewer/s
Peters, H. & Veldsman, S.G.

Contributor/s

Justification
This recently described species is only known from a few specimens at the most. If found to be a valid species, it would be endemic to Oman, in particular in the waters off Masirah Island. Its taxonomic status is questionable and it is only known from a few specimens. If it is found to be a valid species, its restricted status may make it likely to be affected by common threats such as pollution etc, but this cannot be verified as very little is currently known about this species. This species is classed as Data Deficient.
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats

Oman is susceptible to the majority of threats faced by countries of the Arabian Sea (Sale et al. 2010). These include (i) chronic contamination of coastal waters due to the continuous discharge of oil from harbours, ballast water, terminals, atmospheric fallout, and sewage-plant effluents (Madany et al. 1998); (ii) discharge of effluent from manufacturing industries including the discharge of heavy metals, oil and petroleum-based compounds, nutrients, and halogenated organics (Gevao et al. 2006); (iii) The clearing and alteration of intertidal flats, mangrove forests, fringing coral reefs, seagrass beds, and sandy embayments, in particular, which have all been altered by coastal dredging and development for industrial, commercial, and residential use (Sheppard et al. 1992, 2010). Nothing is known about this species and its taxonomic validity is still uncertain, so that we cannot at present assess the threats to this species.

It is of highly restricted range, so that if it is a valid species, it may potentially fall into a threatened category in future reassessments.

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is restricted in its range with questionable taxonomic status. Further research into its taxonomy is therefore required. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species. If found to be a valid species, protection of the waters off Masirah would be recommended for this and other endemics to the area.
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Wikipedia

Conus peli

Conus peli 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. ^ Conus peli Moolenbeek, 1996.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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