Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to the Cape Verde Islands, where it is found off the island of Maio from Navio Quebrado in the north to Calheta approx midway down the western flank of the island, a coastal distance of approx 15 km (Monteiro et al 2004).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in shallow water at 1 m depth. Adults of the species typically grow to 25 mm in length (Monteiro et al 2004).


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
Tenorio, M.J.

Reviewer/s
Seddon, M.B., Monnier, E. & Peters, H.

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Justification

Conus calhetae is restricted to two sites on Maio, and possibly the intervening regions. This species is endemic to a 15 km length of shoreline on a single island in the Cape Verde group. There are no known plans for tourist development, and no small harbours, nor any roads to the region, and there are no known current threats to this species. The off-take for the shell trade is thought to be limited, and as such is not considered a threat, hence the species is listed as Least Concern. In the event of any change to coastal development or other pressures, this assessment would likely be revised to NT or VU.

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Population

Population

This species is usually quite common within its range, especially in the Calheta area during the breeding season (Manuel J Tenorio, pers. comm. 2011). There have been no observed changes in populations during monitoring over the last 8 years, so considered stable (Manuel J Tenorio, pers. comm. 2011).


Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats

This species is endemic to 15 km length of shoreline on a single island in the Cape Verde group. Currently there are no known plans for tourist development, and no small harbours, nor any roads to the region, so there are no known current threats to this species. The off-take for the shell trade is limited, and as such is not considered a threat (Manuel J Tenorio, pers. comm. 2011).

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions

This species is highly restricted in its range and there are no known conservation measures currently in place.

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Wikipedia

Conus calhetae

Conus calhetae 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 calhetae Rolan, 1990.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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