Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species of cone snail is endemic to South India along both the western and eastern coasts (Röckel et al. 1995). The type locality is Madagascar but this is probably in error (Poppe pers. comm. 2011). There are also reports from Thailand. The AOO and number of locations exceed the thresholds for criteria B1 and B2.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology

This species is known to inhabit the infralittoral fringe to depths of about 20-50 m, typically on shallow-subtidal reef flats, in coarse sand and rubble, often among sea-weed and beneath rocks. It is mollusciverous and feeds on gastropods. Adults of the species will grow to approx 69 mm although they will typically be less than this. (Röckel et al. 1995).


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
Kohn, A.

Reviewer/s
Peters, H. & Poppe, G.

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Justification

This species of cone snail is endemic to South India along both the western and eastern coasts. It is relatively uncommon in collections and occurs only sporadically on the market, but may be locally common in nature. Although it is found in areas of increased coastal development and pollution, its deeper distribution may afford it some protection. It is currently listed as Least Concern.

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Population

Population
This species is uncommon (Poppe pers. comm. 2011).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats

No pristine areas exist today in the waters off mainland India. Human impacts include run-off and sedimentation from urban developments, eutrophication from sewage and agriculture, physical impacts from maritime activities, destructive fishing practices, and pollution from oil and industry (Venkataraman and Wafar 2005). However, this species inhabits deeper waters which may afford some protection.


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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 madagascariensis

Conus madagascariensis 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. ^ a b Conus madagascariensis G. B. Sowerby II, 1858.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 27 March 2010.
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