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Conus vaubani

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA MOLLUSCA GASTROPODA NEOGASTROPODA CONIDAE

Scientific Name: Conus vaubani
Species Authority: Röckel & Moolenbeek, 1995
Taxonomic Notes: The species can be confused with Conus cakobaui due to its similar colouration (Moolenbeek et al. 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-07-09
Assessor(s): Bouchet, P.
Reviewer(s): Seddon, M. & Peters, H.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hines, A., Peters, H. & Sheriff, Z.
Justification:
This species is usually found in the South Province of New Caledonia and the Norfolk Ridge however some dead examples have also been found around Vanuatu. Live specimens have been found between 435 and 440 m. While it is extremely rare its depth makes it less-likely to be affected by anthropogenic disturbances. Owing to paucity of data it is listed as Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is usually found in southern province of New Caledonia (Röckel et al. 1995), and the Norfolk Ridge however some dead examples have also been found around Vanuatu. Shells have been found at depths down to 775 m, although this was a dead specimen. Live specimens have been found between 435 and 440 m.
Countries:
Native:
New Caledonia
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
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Population [top]

Population: There are no population records for this species in the literature.  This species is very rare and not well known (P. Bouchet pers. comm. 2011).

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is limited information available on this species' habitat, however, it is found on rubble and hard bottom substrate, in deep waters from 435-440 m (Röckel et al. 1995).

This species has paucisprial protoconchs i.e. it lacks a planktotrophic larval development stage.  The largest size this species will attain is approx. 25 mm.

Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not currently present in the specimen shell trade (P. Bouchet pers. comm. 2011).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is some control on the amount of off shore dredging in New Caledonia, and specimens are inaccessible unless dredged.

Citation: Bouchet, P. 2013. Conus vaubani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 July 2014.
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