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Conus hirasei

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA MOLLUSCA GASTROPODA NEOGASTROPODA CONIDAE

Scientific Name: Conus hirasei
Species Authority: Kuroda, 1956

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-26
Assessor(s): Duda, T.
Reviewer(s): Tagaro, S. & Peters, H.
Contributor(s): Poppe, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Sanciango, J., Peters, H. & Livingstone, S.
Justification:
This species is found from Japan to Philippines and the South China Sea. It is common in deep water in the Philippines. There are no known major threats to this species. This species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from Japan to Philippines and the South China Sea (Röckel et al. 1995).

The EOO, AOO and number of locations exceed the thresholds for criteria B1 and B2.
Countries:
Native:
Japan; Philippines; Taiwan, Province of China
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common in deepwater in the Philippines (G.T. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found at depths from 60-250 m. It is found in mud and sand habitats. Adults of the species will grow to approx 92 mm although they will typically be less than this (Röckel et al 1995).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: In common with all Conus spp, shells of this species are traded for the collector market. There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed, however, this species is traded for prices typically in the medium range (Rice 2007).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although market indicators suggest shells of this species are not common, it only occurs in deep water well below recreational scuba depths where recovery will normally result from fisheries by-catch.  Its abundance is therefore likely to be affected only in areas where there is excessive dredging or bottom trawling.  However, its range means it is unlikely to be at risk at the present time.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species would benefit from further research into populations, distribution, habitat, level of off-take and threats (including the impact of fisheries) before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.

Citation: Duda, T. 2013. Conus hirasei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 October 2014.
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