Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found along the entire coast of the Mediterranean including its Atlantic approaches from the Algarve, Portugal to Huelva and Cadiz, Spain, and from Rabat, Morocco towards Gibraltar (Monteiro et al 2004).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in shallow waters in many differing habitats including mud, sand, seagrass and rocks between 0.5 and 5 m depth (Poppe and Poppe 2011). Adults of the species typically grow to 45 mm in length.

Systems
  • Marine
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Depth range based on 11 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 7 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 3.5 - 48.5
  Temperature range (°C): 16.315 - 19.656
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.211 - 0.875
  Salinity (PPS): 37.582 - 38.201
  Oxygen (ml/l): 5.242 - 5.541
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.096 - 0.275
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.247 - 2.882

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 3.5 - 48.5

Temperature range (°C): 16.315 - 19.656

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.211 - 0.875

Salinity (PPS): 37.582 - 38.201

Oxygen (ml/l): 5.242 - 5.541

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.096 - 0.275

Silicate (umol/l): 1.247 - 2.882
 
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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
2012

Assessor/s
Tenorio, M.J. & Raybaudi-Massilia, G.

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

Contributor/s
Raybaudi-Massilia, G.

Justification
This species is found along the entire coast of the Mediterranean, together with its Atlantic approaches from the Algarve, Portugal to Huelva and Cadiz, Spain, and from Rabat, Morocco towards Gibraltar. Although the species is abundant, the size of individuals taken has been reducing (G. Raybaudi-Massilia pers. comm. 2011). There are no known threats to this species. In common with all Conus spp. and other molluscs, the shells of this species are traded for the specialist Conus shell market. The level of off-take is low, so the species is assessed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
Although the species is abundant, the size of individuals taken has been reducing (G. Raybaudi-Massilia pers. comm. 2011)

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known threats to this species, however the sizes of individuals have been reducing but the cause is uncertain. There may be some issues in the future as other species from the Red Sea enter the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.
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Wikipedia

Conus ventricosus

Conus ventricosus 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

References

  1. ^ Conus ventricosus Gmelin, 1791.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 2 October 2011.
  2. ^ Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180-213.
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