Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found around three Caribbean islands of the Netherland Antilles; Klein Bonaire, Bonaire and Curaçao (Coltro and Petuch, pers. comm. 2011).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
C. aurantius is a large cone species which is found on inter-reef substrate at depths up to 10 m. Adults will typically grow to 70 mm (Rosenberg 2009).

Systems
  • Marine
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
NT
Near Threatened

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Petuch, E.

Reviewer/s
Peters, H. & Coltro, J.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species has a restricted range and is endemic to the islands of Klein Bonaire, Bonaire and Curaçao. However, it also benefits from the protection of marine protected areas such as Bonaire MPA. Because this species has such a small range, fewer than ten locations, and is subject to collecting, it is listed as Near Threatened - nearly meeting VU D2.
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Population

Population
There is no population information for this species of cone snail. This is a cryptic species and is uncommon.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
This species is highly restricted in its range, found along a stretch of coastline approximately 300 km long. Although there are no specific incidence of threat caused by its limited AOO, i.e. coastal development etc, as with all Conus spp it is subject to shell gathering especially by tourists which could place pressure on populations. However, there are also marine protected areas within its area of distribution (e.g. Bonaire) which will offer a high level of protection.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions

This species is restricted in its range and very scarce in the market and would benefit from further research into populations, distribution, habitat, level of off-take and threats (including the impact of fisheries) 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 aurantius

Conus aurantius 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

Distribution

Description

The maximum recorded shell length is 70.4 mm.[2]

Habitat

Minimum recorded depth is 1.5 m.[2] Maximum recorded depth is 10 m.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Conus aurantius Hwass in Bruguière, 1792.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.
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