Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
The Cape Verde islands are experiencing a major increase in tourism. The island of Sal where this species lives is now subject to major development including a 5 bn euro development of 425 hectares at Mordeira Bay, consisting of 5,000 residential units, 5 star hotels, two golf courses and a marina (http://www.capeverdedevelopment.com). This development coincides with the location of the species and must be considered the major threat to the populations.
This species is endemic to the island of Sal, Cape Verde where it is restricted to a 30 km stretch of coastline. In common with many species of marine mollusc of restricted range there maybe a long-term interest in gathering specimen shells, but at present it is not viewed as impacting the population levels of the species, and it is currently providing data for long-term monitoring of the populations.
There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species. Long-term development plans should incorporate some conservation actions to protect the type locality of this species, as disturbance of the habitats may impact the species.
The size of an adult shell varies between 29 mm and 48 mm.
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