Conus saragasae


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Conus saragasae
Species Authority: Rolán, 1986

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-10-28
Assessor/s: Tenorio, M.J.
Reviewer/s: Monnier, E. & Seddon, M.
Facilitator/s: Seddon, M. & Peters, H.
This species is endemic to the Cape Verde Islands where it is restricted to the island of São Vicente and the neighbouring island of Santa Luzia.  The site on Santa Luzia is protected, however the populations on Sao Vincente are considered to be more threatened and as they are restricted in their range the species is assessed as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Cape Verde Islands where it is found off the extreme west coast of São Vicente between Calhau and Baía de Saragassa for a distance of 5 km, and also off the southern coast of the neighbouring island of Santa Luzia in the vicinty of Água Doce and Curral for a distance of 2 km (Monteiro et al. 2004).
Cape Verde
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – eastern central
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Population [top]

Population: This species is scarce in samples but it is not in decline.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in shallow water of 1 to 10 m depth. Adults of the species typically grow to 20–32 mm in length.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is restricted to two small locations totally no more than 7 km of coastline.

The sites on Sao Vicente are subject to limited recreational activity as they lie close to a large town and thereby subject to low levels of threat.  Although this species is gathered by shell collectors there is limited off-take as it is scarce.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is restricted in its range and scarce. The smaller of the two islands, Santa Luzia, is barren and uninhabited and is a protected area.
Citation: Tenorio, M.J. 2012. Conus saragasae. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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