Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to the coast of northern Somalia at the tip of the Horn of Africa, being found off the Gulf of Aden and The Arabian Sea including the outlying islands (Röckel et al. 1995), a coastline of approx 950 km. It potentially occurs all the way to Mogadishu area (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found at depths of 150-200 m (Rockel et al. 1995). Adults of the species will grow to approx 63 mm although they will typically be less than this. It has planktotrophic larval development suggesting that it may be more widely distributed towards the south of its range than is currently known, potentially extending as far south as northern Mozambique (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011).

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
Raybaudi-Massilia, G.

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

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Justification

This species is endemic to the coast of northern Somalia at the tip of the Horn of Africa, including the outlying islands. It potentially occurs all the way to Mogadishu area. This species is known to be abundant and it is relatively widespread in comparison to other species in the area. It is a deepwater species and therefore not affected by common threats of pollution and development and is classed as Least Concern.

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Population

Population
There is no population information for this species. Before the current political instability the species was very abundant within its range (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Somalia’s coasts are under similar threats to those being experienced in the entire Red Sea area. These being threats derived from urban developments, sewage discharges, shipping and associated spills and pollution. Untreated domestic and municipal wastes are dumped into the sea through the port facilities in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia's Red Sea coast. Other types of marine pollution resulting from agricultural growth and development may also be affecting the coastal areas of Somalia (Carbone and Accordi 2000). While these are general threats to the area, because this is a deep water species, they are unlikely to have an impact on the species.

There is insufficient data to determine the abundance of this species. Political instability in much of its range makes it impossible to determine levels of offtake or changes in habitat.

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is restricted in its range and very scarce in the market and would benefit from further research into its distribution (as it might occur further south than is currently known) and threats before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species and none are needed.
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Wikipedia

Conus bozzettii

Conus bozzettii 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 bozzettii Lauer, 1991.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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