Conus dorotheae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus dorotheae Monnier & Limpalaër, 2010

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-10-27
Assessor(s): Monnier, E.
Reviewer(s): Seddon, M. & Tenorio, M.J.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Seddon, M. & Peters, H.
This species is listed as Near Threatened as it is only known from a single site and it lies close to Dakar, so there is the possibility of pollution events with oil tanker traffic. However, the protected area status and lack of diving means the populations are better protected than other species in the region.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has only recently been described, and is endemic to Senegal where it has been found off the Cape Vert Peninsula (Dakar) at the west coast of Medeleine Island (Monnier and Limpaläer 2010). It may well be present elsewhere on the island, but there are limited survey data, as the island is a reserve (E. Monnier pers. comm. 2011).
Countries occurrence:
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – eastern central
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:4
Number of Locations:1
Lower depth limit (metres):15
Upper depth limit (metres):10
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Population [top]

Population:There are no records of population levels for this species in the literature, as it is a recently described species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species is found on rocky areas, 10-15 m depth, where it occurs in sandy pockets amongst the rocks. This species is approx 25-45 mm in length.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:No

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

As with many Conus spp. there is a limited off-take for specialist Conus collectors. There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is only known from a single site and it lies close to Dakar, so there is the possibility of pollution events with oil tanker traffic. The island lies in a protected area, south of the major port, and is unlikely to suffer pollution from land-based industry due to the currents along the coast, and as such this species must be considered at low risk of extinction. There is no diving permitted, so there is no off-take of specimens for the shell trade (E. Monnier pers. comm. 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is restricted in its range and lies within a protected area. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.

Citation: Monnier, E. 2012. Conus dorotheae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T192358A2079691. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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