Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species will typically grow to 35 mm (www.vianetconchology.com). There is little information on habitat in the literature.

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
2012

Assessor/s
Tenorio, M.J.

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

Contributor/s
Bouchet, P.

Justification
This species is endemic to the coast of Angola. Populations are known from Baia Farta, Baia Azul, Chapeu Armado, Sao Nicolau, Santa Maria, Bentiaba, Tombua and Porto Aleixandre. The area covers more than 400 km2 in the provinces of Benguela and Namibe (M. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011). There are no specific current threats from urban development or other major anthropogenic factors. Oil prospecting has been carried out along Angola's coast and eventually oil exploration may have an effect on Angola's coast in the future, but there is no current development of these activities. The species has been assessed as Least Concern.

History
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
There are no records of population levels for this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known threats to this species at the present time. It occurs in central and south Angola and hence away from the capital, so that pollution is not a problem for this species (M. J. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011). Oil prospection has been going on along the Angolan coast, but there is no further development on this at the moment, so this is not considered a current threat; it may be more significant in the future if oil drilling commences (M. J. Tenorio and S. Veldsman pers. comm. 2011).
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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 africanus

Conus africanus, common name the African cone, is a species of predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails, cone shells or cones. [3]

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.

This species has been recently declared "least concern" in 2012, after it had been declared "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List in 1996.[1]

Distribution[edit]

This marine species is endemic to Angola, Africa.

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