Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to South Africa and occurs from southern Namibia to East-London (Tenorio and Monteiro 2008, S. Veldsman pers. comm. October 2011). The subspecies C. mozambicus lautus occurs from Cape Agulhas to East London (S. Veldsman pers. comm. October 2011).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Specialist websites indicate that this species occurs on sand substrate, under rocks, and on coral substrate (Poppe, G.T. and Poppe, P.). It has also been found in crevices in low tide reef platforms, usually half-buried in sand in low tide pools; it feeds on polychaete worms (Kilburn and Rippey 1982). It is found in intertidal to deep water, a depth range of 0-60 m (S. Veldsman pers comm. October 2011).

Typical size for shells of this species is between 25-37 mm in length (Poppe and Poppe 2011, Tenorio and Monteiro 2008). They are thin and fragile for their size (G. Raybaudi and S. Veldsman pers. comm. October 2011).

Systems
  • Marine
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 3 taxa.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 7 - 7
 
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Conus mozambicus mozambicus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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
Veldsman, S.G.

Reviewer/s
Peters, H. & Raybaudi-Massilia, G.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is endemic to South Africa and occurs from southern Namibia to East London. This species has a restricted range but there are currently no major threats affecting this species. The species is commonly found, and while intertidal populations may be affected by pollution events from municipal development, the deeper water populations are unlikely to be affected. The species has been classified as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
There are no population data available for this species in the literature.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known material threats to this species. Populations in intertidal zones can be affected by pollution events from municipal areas (S. Veldsman pers. comm. October 2011); however, populations at deeper depths are not affected.
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Management

Conservation Actions

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

Elongate cone

The Conus mozambicus is a species of medium-sized sea snail, a predatory marine gastropod mollusc in the family Conidae, the cone snails or cone shells.

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Distribution

The Conus mozambicus cone is known off the southern African coast from Lüderitz Bay to Mossel Bay, subtidally in shallow water. The species is endemic to this region.[1]

Description

The Conus mozambicus has a medium-sized shell which may grow to 65mm in total length. It has a sharply pointed spire. The shell colour is dull and mottled with brown, and there may be darker blotches at the shoulder. The spire of the shell is stepped.[2]

Ecology

The Conus mozambicus feeds on polychaete worms. The egg capsules are vase-shaped and contain 19-23 eggs.[1]

Taxonomy

Synonyms of the Conus mozambicus cone include:

  • Conus caffer Krauss, 1848
  • Conus elongatus Holten, 1802
  • Conus informis Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
  • Conus lautus Reeve, 1844
  • Conus macei Crosse, 1865

References

  1. ^ a b Kilburn R. & Rippey E. 1982. Sea Shells of Southern Africa Macmillan ISBN 0-86954-094-7
  2. ^ Branch, G.M., Branch, M.L, Griffiths, C.L. and Beckley, L.E. 2005. Two Oceans: a guide to the marine life of southern Africa ISBN 0-86486-672-0
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