Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands including Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac (Petuch pers. comm. 2011).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in depths of 1-20 m and lives in coral rubble and hard bottom areas on coral reefs (Petuch pers. comm, 2011). Adults grow to approx 20 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 is found in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands including Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. It is restricted in its range, partly occurring along a coastline primarily in northern Jamaica which includes an area of coastal development, ports and land reclamation. The coral reefs in this area have been seriously degraded. The rest of the range there are probably less threats. However, this species is listed as Near Threatened as it almost reached criteria B2, and there is a continuing decline in the quality of habitat.
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Population

Population
There is no population information for this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Along the north coast of Jamaica, where most of the species have been found, there are some regions of significant coastal development. In particular, mangrove swamps have been reclaimed from the sea around Bogue Islands in Montego Bay and there are manufacturing industries and a cruise ship port. The coral reefs in this area are covered in brown algae which degrades the habitat of this species.
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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 explorator

Conus explorator 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 explorator Vink, 1990.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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