Conus empressae


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Conus empressae
Species Authority: Lorenz, 2002

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-27
Assessor(s): Kohn, A.
Reviewer(s): Peters, H. & Poppe, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Harwell, H., Peters, H. & Cubaynes, H.
This species has a patchy distribution in the Philippines, Sabah and Indonesia.  It is uncommon throughout its range, however there are no major threats.  It is currently listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in Sabah, Indonesia and the Philippines (Filmer 2001, Poppe and Poppe 2011). The EOO exceeds the threshold for criterion B1.
Indonesia (Sulawesi); Malaysia; Philippines
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
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Population [top]

Population: This species is uncommon throughout its range and has a patchy distribution (G.T. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found between 10 and 40 m on sand. It has also been found in dead barnacles in Capul at 25 m (G.T. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).  The reported size range is from 17 to 24 mm (Filmer 2001, Poppe and Poppe 2011).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: In common with all marine molluscs including Conus spp, the shells are traded for the collector market. There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed. The shells of this species are very scarce on the mollusc shell market and reach high prices, because most dealers cannot distinguish this species from Conus boeticus (G.T. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species, except where they may be provided an element of protection inside marine reserves of Indonesia and the Philippines (e.g., Palawan).

Citation: Kohn, A. 2013. Conus empressae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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