Conus moreleti 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus moreleti
Species Authority: Crosse, 1858
Conus oblitus Reeve, 1849
Conus elongatus Reeve, 1843
Taxonomic Notes:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-28
Assessor(s): Raybaudi-Massilia, G.
Reviewer(s): Veldsman, S.G. & Peters, H.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Peters, H., Bohm, M., Jones, L. & Sheriff, Z.
This species is found across the central Indian Ocean, in the West Pacific and off the Hawaiian Islands.  It has no known threats to its population at this time. It has therefore been assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is a wide ranging species of cone snail which can be found across the central Indian Ocean, in the West Pacific and off the Hawaiian Islands (Rockel et al. 1995).   This species can be found between depths of 1-50 m, however it is more commonly found at depths of 8-20 m (Rockel et al. 1995).
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa (American Samoa); Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland); British Indian Ocean Territory; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Xinjiang); Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Comoros; Cook Islands; Fiji; French Polynesia; Guam; Indonesia; Japan (Kyushu); Kenya; Kiribati; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Mayotte; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Mozambique; Nauru; New Caledonia; Niue; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Réunion; Samoa; Seychelles; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Somalia; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; United States (Hawaiian Is.); United States Minor Outlying Islands (Howland-Baker Is., Wake Is.); Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wallis and Futuna
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): No
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): No
Continuing decline in number of locations: No
Lower depth limit (metres): 50
Upper depth limit (metres): 1
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Population [top]

Population: There are no population data for this species in the literature.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species can be found in coral reefs between 1 and 50 m deep (Duda and Kohn 2005). In the Philippines, this cone snail can be found on fringing reefs which experience strong tidal flows (Vallejo 2003).

The typical size for shells of this species is between 30 - 61 mm in length (Rockel et al. 1995).
Systems: Marine
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Yes

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 collector market.  There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed.

There is a good availability of shells of this species on the mollusc shell market at low prices, as reported through specialist websites (Poppe and Poppe 2011) and dealer catalogues (Rice 2007).

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures in place for this species.

Citation: Raybaudi-Massilia, G. 2013. Conus moreleti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192564A2116735. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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