Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in New Caledonia, however it can also be found in Queensland waters at depths between 12 and 60 m (Singleton 2008).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found at depths between 12 to 25 m in muddy sand containing pebbles, calcareous algae and rubble. It can also be found on the outer edge of barrier reefs in sandy substrate usually deeper than 40 m with some examples at 60 m (Röckel et al. 1995). The species is often found living in the same geographical area as Conus connectens and can be confused with this species due to its similar colouration (Estival and Cosel 1986). The maximum adult length of this species is approx 62 mm (Röckel et al. 1995).

Systems
  • Marine
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Depth range based on 2 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 20 - 20.5

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 20 - 20.5
 
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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
2013

Assessor/s
Bouchet, P.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is endemic to New Caledonia and is particularly found around Nouméa, although small numbers of this species have previously been found in Australian waters. There is limited availability of this species on the shell collectors market which could indicate scarcity. It is not collected often and there is little information available for this species. Because of the lack of information on distribution, population, habitats/ecology, and possible threats, it is listed as Data Deficient.
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Population

Population
There are no population data for this species in the literature. This species is considered to be rare.
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats known to affect this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are several marine protected areas off the coast of New Caledonia which this species could exist within (www.mpaglobal.org). However there are still large parts of the species' range which is not protected. There is a proposal by the French government to establish New Caledonia as a World Heritage Site.
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Wikipedia

Conus swainsoni

Conus swainsoni 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 swainsoni Estival & Cosel, 1986.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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