Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species of cone snail is endemic to the waters off Somalia from Berbera in the Gulf of Aden to Hobyo in the Arabian Sea (Röckel et al. 1995), a coastal distance of approx 2,300 km. There are no bathymetric data for this species, but it is known to occur in deep water (Röckel et al. 1995) to 100 - 120 m (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This is a deep water species, found up to 100-120 m deep. Adults of the species will grow to approx 36 mm although they will typically be less than this (Röckel et al. 1995). Along with the other species in this group (Fumiconus), this species has a lecithotrophic larval development as inferred from its protoconch.

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 of cone snail is endemic to the waters off Somalia from Berbera in the Gulf of Aden to Hobyo in the Arabian Sea. Although this species has a limited range and is scarce in the market with a high value (Rice 2007), it is a deep water species that would be difficult to gather; it also occurs in an area of great political instability which is dangerous to visit. This may in fact provide protection to this species. The deep water habitat of this species makes it unlikely to be significantly affected by pollution. This species is considered to be Least Concern.

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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species. It is a deep water species and as a result there are insufficient data to determine its abundance.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats

Coasts within the Gulf of Aden are under threats derived from shipping and associated spills and pollution. Untreated domestic and municipal wastes are dumped into the sea through port facilities. Other types of marine pollution resulting from development may also be affecting coastal areas (UNEP 1997), although this species is found in deeper waters, so that pollution is unlikely to pose a significant threat.

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 distribution and threats before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species, as it occurs in a politically unstable area.
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Wikipedia

Conus lizarum

Conus lizarum 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 lizarum (G. Raybaudi Massilia & da Motta, 1992).  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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