Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species has only recently been described, and is endemic to Senegal where it has been found off the Cape Vert Peninsula (Dakar) at the west coast of Medeleine Island (Monnier and Limpaläer 2010). It may well be present elsewhere on the island, but there are limited survey data, as the island is a reserve (E. Monnier pers. comm. 2011).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species is found on rocky areas, 10-15 m depth, where it occurs in sandy pockets amongst the rocks. This species is approx 25-45 mm in length.

Systems
  • Marine
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
NT
Near Threatened

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2012

Assessor/s
Monnier, E.

Reviewer/s
Seddon, M. & Tenorio, M.J.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is listed as Near Threatened as it is only known from a single site and it lies close to Dakar, so there is the possibility of pollution events with oil tanker traffic. However, the protected area status and lack of diving means the populations are better protected than other species in the region.
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Population

Population
There are no records of population levels for this species in the literature, as it is a recently described species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
This species is only known from a single site and it lies close to Dakar, so there is the possibility of pollution events with oil tanker traffic. The island lies in a protected area, south of the major port, and is unlikely to suffer pollution from land-based industry due to the currents along the coast, and as such this species must be considered at low risk of extinction. There is no diving permitted, so there is no off-take of specimens for the shell trade (E. Monnier pers. comm. 2011).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is restricted in its range and lies within a protected area. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.
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Wikipedia

Conus dorotheae

Conus dorotheae is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies. [1][2]

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

This species is found off Senegal, in Africa.

References

  1. ^ Conus dorotheae Monnier & Limpalaër, 2010.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 4 December 2010.
  2. ^ Monnier E. & Limpalaër L. (2010) Conus dorotheae (Gastropoda, Conidae) A new species of Cone from the Cape Verde Peninsula in Senegal. Visaya 2(6): 73-80.
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