Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species was thought to be endemic to the Gulf of Aden, where it occurs along the north Somalia coast including Djibouti and off the north of the Gulf along the Yemeni coast (Röckel et al. 1995). However, it may also be found in the southern part of the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, but because of the protected status of the Red Sea area, this is not possible to verify at the moment.

The EOO, 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 has been found from the inter-tidal to approx 35 m according to specimens offered for sale at shell auction sites. Adults of the species will grow to approx 43 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
Raybaudi-Massilia, G.

Reviewer/s
Peters, H. & Veldsman, S.G.

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Justification

This species was thought to be endemic to the Gulf of Aden, where it occurs along the north Somalia coast including Djibouti and off the north of the Gulf along the Yemeni coast. However, it may also be found in the southern part of the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. This species is restricted in range, but because of a lack of threats, it is currently listed as Least Concern. There are no imminent threats because of the unstable political situation which limits collection of this shell and also fisheries activity. Furthermore, the species is thought to occur in deep enough waters to minimize the effects from polluting events. The species may also be more widespread than is currently known if it is found within the Red Sea, although at present this is impossible to verify as collection is prohibited in the Red Sea.

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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats

Coasts within the Gulf of Aden are under threat from shipping and associated spills and pollution. Untreated domestic and municipal wastes are dumped into the sea through port facilities. Whilst other types of marine pollution resulting from development may also be affecting coastal areas (UNEP 1997), this species is found in deeper (35 m) waters, so that this is unlikely to pose a significant threat.

This species is scarce in the shell collector market which, although it may be an indicator of lack of abundance, is most likely to be an indicator of its occurrence in a politically unstable area.

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is very scarce in the market and would benefit from further research into distribution (whether it occurs in the Red Sea), and habitat before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species, because of the unstable political situation.
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Wikipedia

Conus traversianus

Conus traversianus is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[1]

Contents

Description

Distribution

References

  1. ^ Conus traversianus E. A. Smith, 1875.  Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species on 29 March 2010.
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