Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species of cone snail occurs in the south Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (Röckel et al. 1995). It is also found around the Horn of Africa (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011) The EOO, AOO and number of locations exceed the thresholds for criteria B1 and B2 by a considerable margin.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs at depths of approx 1 to 25 m (Röckel et al. 1995). Little is known about its typical habitat; it has been found living on coral rubble (Poppe and Poppe 2011) but this claim needs verification. Adults of the species will grow to approx 45 mm although they will typically be less than this (Röckel et al. 1995). The larval shell is short-lecithotrophic, as inferred from the protoconch, implying that this species can be more widespread than other, lecithotrophic species (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011).

The species has a fish-hunting radula, which may suggest that its venom is potentially harmful to humans (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011).

Systems
  • Marine
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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
Raybaudi-Massilia, G.

Reviewer/s
Peters, H. & Veldsman, S.G.

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Justification

This species of cone snail occurs in the south Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is also found around the Horn of Africa. This species is relatively widely distributed (in comparison to other species from the area) and there are no current known threats that would place the species at risk. It has therefore been evaluated as Least Concern.

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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species. It was quite abundant, particularly in the Bay of Djibouti, to the point where the state printed a stamp with the representation of this species as a typical endemic to Djibouti (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011). Current data are lacking for this species because of the political instability in the country.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats

Prior to 1970, the coasts surrounding the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden lacked any large settlements but small-scale tourism aimed primarily at divers and backpackers was promoted and since then the attractions of scuba diving and snorkelling, coupled with the Red Sea’s proximity to Europe, have expanded traditional Bedouin villages into major tourist resorts (Hawkins and Roberts 1996). The increase in tourism has therefore brought about an increase in coastal developments and damage to reefs through trampling. Coasts within the Red Sea are also under threats derived from urban developments, sewage discharges, shipping and associated spills and pollution. Other types of marine pollution resulting from development may also be affecting coastal areas (UNEP 1997).

However, with its possibly wider distribution relative to other species from this area, often in areas remote from human habitation, threats to the species from pollution, etc. are at present unlikely to pose a major risk to the species. Also, there is currently no collection of this species in the Red Sea, as all collection in the area is prohibited.

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species, except for the general protection afforded to the Red Sea area which may benefit the species because of collecting being prohibited.
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Wikipedia

Conus jickelii

Conus jickelii 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 jickelii Weinkauff, 1873.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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