Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This recently described species has been found in the waters off Oman. The single specimen for which we have locality data is from Masirah island (G. Raybaudi pers. comm. October 2011).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species' maximum recorded size is 5 mm and it is found between 10-15 m depth. Nothing else is known about this species.

Systems
  • Marine
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2013

Assessor/s
Raybaudi-Massilia, G.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
This recently described species has been found in the waters off Oman. As very little is known about this recently described species it is assessed as Data Deficient. It is only known from a few specimens and would benefit from further research into its distribution and ecology in order to be able to assess the impact of potential threats.
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Population

Population
There is no population information for this species, as this recently described species is only known from a few specimens.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats

Oman is susceptible to the majority of threats faced by countries of the Arabian Sea (Sale et al. 2010). These include (i) chronic contamination of coastal waters due to the continuous discharge of oil from harbours, ballast water, terminals, atmospheric fallout, and sewage-plant effluents (Madany et al. 1998); (ii) discharge of effluent from manufacturing industries including the discharge of heavy metals, oil and petroleum-based compounds, nutrients, and halogenated organics (Gevao et al. 2006); (iii) The clearing and alteration of intertidal flats, mangrove forests, fringing coral reefs, seagrass beds, and sandy embayments, in particular, which have all been altered by coastal dredging and development for industrial, commercial, and residential use (Sheppard et al. 1992, 2010). Because knowledge of this species is so scarce, it is not possible at present to assess the effect of threats.

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is largely unknown and would benefit from further research into its distribution and threats. Furthermore, the ecology of the entire group of Lilliconus needs further investigation. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.
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Wikipedia

Conus kuiperi

Conus kuiperi is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.[2]

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.

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