Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Angola where it is found from a position 30 km north of Luanda to Santiago Beach, a coastal distance of approx 35 km (Monteiro et al. 2004). This species is found over the range and is less frequent in samples than other species.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found on sand and rocks (Filmer 2001) living close to the mouth of rivers and so may prefer a lower salinity environment. This exposes it to pollution, sedimentation and developments in its restricted habitats. Adults of this species grow to approx 30 mm (Monteiro et al. 2004).

Systems
  • Marine
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
D2

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2012

Assessor/s
Tenorio, M.J.

Reviewer/s
Monnier, E. & Seddon, M.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is endemic to Angola where it has a highly restricted range. It occurs from a position 30 km north of Luanda to Santiago Beach, a coastal distance of approx 35 km. This species occurs over its range but is less frequent in samples than other mollusc species. It is found on sand and rocks living close to the mouth of rivers, and so may prefer a lower salinity environment exposing it to pollution, sedimentation and construction and development in its restricted habitats.

On a precautionary basis the species is assessed as Vulnerable D2.
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Population

Population
This species occurs less frequently than other mollusc species including Conus spp. that live in the same habitats (M. J. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011).

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
This species occurs north of Luanda and should be considered at risk from marine pollution spreading from industrial, commercial and residential areas of the city.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is restricted in its range and scarce in the market and would benefit from further research into abundance, level of off-take and threats before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.
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Wikipedia

Conus xicoi

Conus xicoi 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 xicoi Röckel, 1987.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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