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Conus aplustre

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA MOLLUSCA GASTROPODA NEOGASTROPODA CONIDAE

Scientific Name: Conus aplustre
Species Authority: Reeve, 1843
Synonym/s:
Conus zealandicus Hutton, 1873
<i>Conus</i> <i>cooki</i> Brazier, 1870
<i>Conus</i> <i>neglectus</i> A. Adams, 1855

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-07-01
Assessor/s: Morrison, H.
Reviewer/s: Peters, H. & Wells, F.E.
Facilitator/s: Cubaynes, H., Peters, H. & Hines, A.
Justification:
Beechey (2010) specifies that this species is restricted to New South Wales between Hastings Point and Broulee. There are no recordings of population levels for this species in the literature.  Large numbers of this species occur in beach drift indicating that this species is generally considered to occur in reasonable numbers.  Given the shallow depth range of this species it is susceptible to pollution and coastal disturbances.  The future possibility of increased water temperature will have a distinct negative impact on this species.  However, the rise in temperature in Australian waters is not currently quantifiable.  The taking of live molluscs using SCUBA is illegal in NSW and they are naturally protected within their inaccessible habitat.  It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Beechey (2010) specifies that this species is restricted to New South Wales between Hastings Point and Broulee.
Countries:
Native:
Australia (New South Wales)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
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Population [top]

Population: There are no recordings of population levels for this species in the literature.  Large numbers of this species occur in beach drift indicating that this species generally considered to occur in reasonable numbers.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found intertidally to approx 4 m under rocks (Röckel et al. 1995), on exposed rocky shores with kelp (Beechey 2010). Once mature, it can reach a size ranging from 20 to 27 mm (Röckel et al. 1995).  This species appears to require an active shoreline.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Given the shallow depth range of this species it is susceptible to pollution and coastal disturbances.  The future possibility of increased water temperature will have a distinct negative impact on this species.  However, the rise in temperature in Australian waters is not currently quantifiable.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The taking of live molluscs on SCUBA is illegal in NSW and they are naturally protected within their inaccessible habitat.
Citation: Morrison, H. 2013. Conus aplustre. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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