Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Angola where it has been found in an area between the towns of Benguela and Namibe bounded by São Nicolau to the north and Baía do Chapéu Armado to the south (Monteiro et al. 2004). The range is approximately 70 km (M. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011).
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Physical Description

Type Information

Paratype for Conus franciscoi Rolan & Rockel, 2000
Catalog Number: USNM 904972
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Preparation: Dry
Locality: Chapeu Armado, Angola, South Atlantic Ocean
Depth (m): 1 to 3
  • Paratype: Rolan, E. & Rockel, D. 2000. Argonauta. 13(2): 5-44, figs.82-86.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species has been found buried in sand among stones (Filmer 2001, amended 2009) in shallow water to 3 m below low tide. Adults of the species typically grow to 30 mm in length.

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
Monnier, E. & Seddon, M.

Contributor/s
Veldsman, S.G.

Justification
Although this species is restricted in its distribution, it has only been found in an area remote from any large towns and of low human habitation. Future threats could come only from a catastrophic oilspill from passing shipping. Oil prospecting has been carried out along Angola's coast and eventual oil exploration may have an effect on Angola's coast in the future, but there is no current development of these activities. At present the species has been listed as Least Concern due to the absence of current threats.
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Population

Population
There are no records of population levels for this species in the literature. The species is not very common, but also not rare (M. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Although this species is restricted in its distribution, it has only been found in an area remote from any large towns and of low human habitation. 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. 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 franciscoi

Conus franciscoi 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 franciscoi Rolán & Röckel, 2000.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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