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Conus tacomae

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA MOLLUSCA GASTROPODA NEOGASTROPODA CONIDAE

Scientific Name: Conus tacomae
Species Authority: Boyer & Pelorce, 2009

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-10-29
Assessor(s): Monnier, E.
Reviewer(s): Tenorio, M.J. & Seddon, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Seddon, M. & Peters, H.
Justification:
This recently described species is endemic to Senegal where it has been found off the island of Gorée, approx 2 km offshore from the city of Dakar (http://biology.burke.washington.edu). On the island the level of pollution is not high and there is some limited disturbance from recreational activities. This species is highly restricted in its range and present on a small offshore islet where no development is permitted.  On a precautionary basis the species is assessed as Vulnerable D2, based on a single location, with possible impact from pollution events and recreational activities on the island.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This recently described species is endemic to Senegal where it has been found off the island of Gorée, approx 2 km offshore from the city of Dakar (http://biology.burke.washington.edu).
Countries:
Native:
Senegal
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Atlantic – eastern central
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Population [top]

Population: This recently described species has insufficient data to establish population trends.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Along rocky coastlines this species has been found at depths of 0-7 m and also at 35-40 m in sandy pockets. From shell collectors' websites this species has been found at sizes up to 27 mm (www.shellauction.net).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

In common with all Conus spp. and other molluscs, the shells of this species are traded for the specimen shell market.  There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed.

This species has only recently been described and there are few examples available in the specimen shell market.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This recently described species is found on a small offshore island, hence the level of pollution is not high.  There is some limited disturbance from recreational activities as the island is very rocky with no beaches and it is not permitted to construct new buildings on the island.

There are very few specimens known and little trade in shells at present (E. Monnier pers. com. 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is highly restricted in its range and present on a small offshore islet where no development is permitted.  The island is not protected and there are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.

Citation: Monnier, E. 2012. Conus tacomae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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