Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs throughout the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to French Polynesia and the Marshall Islands. (Röckel et al. 1995). The EOO, AOO and number of locations exceed the thresholds for criteria B1 and B2.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Paratype for Conus gracianus Da Motta & Blocher, 1982
Catalog Number: USNM 859143
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Preparation: Dry
Collector(s): M. Blocher
Year Collected: 1986
Locality: Fringes Of Grand Recif Towards Open Sea Of Tulear, Madagascar, Indian Ocean
  • Paratype: Da Motta & Blocher. 1982. Publ. Ocas. Soc. Port. Malac. 1: 16-17.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found on exposed coasts with heavily aerated water. In the Philippines, it occurs on sand with algae. It preys upon gastropods. Adults can grow up to a maximum length of 163 mm, although they will typically be smaller than this (Röckel et al. 1995).

Systems
  • Marine
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 16 - 16
 
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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
Kohn, A.

Reviewer/s
Peters, H. & Poppe, G.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species occurs throughout the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to French Polynesia and the Marshall Islands. As a wide ranging species with no obvious threats this has been assessed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
This species is widespread but not common. It naturally occurs in low abundances (G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Given the wide range of the species there are no obvious threats.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No known conservation measures for this species at present. It occurs in marine protected areas on ocean coasts in the Philippines (G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).
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Wikipedia

Conus aulicus

Conus aulicus, common name the princely cone, is a species of a predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails, cone shells or cones.

Description[edit]

The size of an adult shell varies between 65 mm and 163 mm. The shell is rather narrow and has an elevated spire. The color of the shell is chocolate-brown, covered by elevated close revolving lines of darker color. The surface is irregularly overlaid by subtriangular white spots, some of which are very large. The operculum is a very minute square on the dorsal surface of the hinder part of the foot.

The proboscis of Conus aulicus is varied with red and white.[2]

Distribution[edit]

This marine species occurs in the Indian Ocean along Chagos[1] and Mauritius;[1] in the Indo-Pacific Region (excl. Hawaii).

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