Conus nobrei 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus nobrei
Species Authority: Trovao, 1975

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. & Bohm, M.
Contributor(s): Veldsman, S.G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Seddon, M. & Peters, H.
This species was assessed as Vulnerable D2 in 1996, based on its limited range, but is downlisted to Near Threatened, as the unknown threats to the bay suggest that it does not meet the revised criteria for Vulnerable D2.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Angola where it is restricted to Lobitos Bay in Province Benguela (Monteiro et al. 2004).  Also, populations are known from Lucira to the Santa Maria area, covering the South of Benguela and North of Namibe provinces (M. J. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011).
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southeast
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 60
Number of Locations: 1
Lower depth limit (metres): 4
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on populations in the literature
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is species lives in shallow water at around 4 m depth where it lives in sand and algae. Adults typically grow to 18 mm (Monteiro et al. 2004; Smithsonian Collections:
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The shells of this species are traded for the specialist Conus shell market only (M. J. Tenorio pers. comm 2011).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is restricted to a single bay in Angola.  The threats are unknown.  Oil prospection has been going on along the Angolan coast, but there is no further development on this at the moment, so this is not considered a current threat; it may be more significant in the future if oil drilling commences (M. J. Tenorio and S. Veldsman pers. comm. 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is highly restricted in its range and extremely scarce in the market and would benefit from further research into abundance and threats before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.

Citation: Tenorio, M.J. 2012. Conus nobrei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T5272A3014298. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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