Conus arenatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus arenatus Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
Common Name(s):
English Sand-dusted Cone
Conus armatus E. A. Smith, 1891

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-26
Assessor(s): Kohn, A.
Reviewer(s): Peters, H. & Poppe, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Harwell, H., Peters, H. & Coggan, A.
This species occurs throughout the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to French Polynesia and the Marshall islands, excluding Hawaii.  This species is wide ranging, appears to be relatively common in the wild and has no obvious threats.  It is common in coral reef sanctuaries in the Philippines.  It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs throughout the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to French Polynesia and the Marshall Islands, excluding Hawaii (Röckel et al. 1995). The EOO, AOO and number of locations exceed the thresholds for criteria B1 and B2.
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa; Australia; Bangladesh; British Indian Ocean Territory; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China (Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang); Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Comoros; Cook Islands; Disputed Territory (Paracel Is., Spratly Is.); Fiji; French Polynesia (Tuamotu); Guam; Hong Kong; India; Indonesia; Japan (Kyushu, Shikoku); Kenya; Kiribati; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Macao; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Mayotte; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nauru; New Caledonia; Niue; Northern Mariana Islands; Oman; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Réunion; Samoa; Seychelles; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Somalia; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; United States Minor Outlying Islands (Howland-Baker Is., US Line Is.); Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wallis and Futuna; Yemen (South Yemen)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):30
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Population [top]

Population:This species is relatively common throughout its range (A.J. Kohn and G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found intertidally to depths of 30 m. It is typically found in sand on reef and seagrass flats, or less commonly in rubble and mud.  In the western Indian Ocean, adults can grow up to a maximum length of 90 mm, although they will typically be smaller than this (A.J. Kohn pers. comm. 2011).  In the Philippines, maximum size recorded is 65 mm (G. Poppe pers. com. 2011).
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Unknown

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: In common with all Conus spp, this species is traded by specimen shell dealers for the collector market. It may also occasionally appear in the local tourist market. There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed, however shells are sold for low prices and are widely available on the market (Rice 2007).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this very wide ranging species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures for this species at present.  It is common in coral reef sanctuaries in the Philippines (G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).

Citation: Kohn, A. 2013. Conus arenatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192870A2177248. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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