Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is highly restricted in its distribution and has only be found on two islands in the Cape Verde: on the eastern coast of Sao Vicente along a 5 km stretch of coast and on the south west coast of Santa Luzia along approx 3 km of coast (Monteiro et al. 2004). The smaller of the two islands, Santa Luzia is barren and uninhabited. Sao Vicente, the larger island, is 8 km NW of Santa Luzia.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species was found in shallow water immediately below low tide at around 0.5 m where it has been found on rocks. The species is small with adults typically growing to around 17 mm. There is no new information since the 1970s (M. J. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011).

Systems
  • Marine
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2012

Assessor/s
Tenorio, M.J.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is highly restricted in its distribution and has only been found on two islands in the Cape Verde: on the eastern coast of Sao Vicente along a 5 km stretch of coast and on the south west coast of Santa Luzia along approx 3 km of coast (Monteiro et al. 2004) . This species has not been recorded in recent years, and the species may well have always been scarce. As there are no known threats in the species' range, and there are no trend data showing change in the number of individuals or decline in quality of habitat, the species is considered Data Deficient.
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Population

Population
This species has very rarely been taken, and no live specimens have been known, hence the species is considered to be scarce (M. J. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
This species has only been found in two small areas of approx 8 km2 in total, possibly less. The smaller of the two islands, Santa Luzia is barren and uninhabited. Sao Vicente, the larger island, is 8 km NW of Santa Luzia. However, this species is naturally rare, and has not been recently recorded hence the threats are not known.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is restricted in its range and scarce in the market and would benefit from further research into abundance, level of off-take and threats before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.
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Wikipedia

Conus bellulus

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