Conus arcuatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Conus arcuatus
Species Authority: Broderip & Sowerby I, 1829

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-27
Assessor(s): Tenorio, M.J.
Reviewer(s): Coltro, J., Petuch, E. & Peters, H.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Peters, H., Livingstone, S. & Sheriff, Z.
This species is found from the Gulf of California to northern Peru. There are no known threats and it has a wide distribution. This species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found from the Gulf of California to northern Peru (Tenorio et al. 2012).
Colombia (Colombia (mainland)); Costa Rica; Ecuador (Ecuador (mainland)); El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras (Honduras (mainland)); Mexico (Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Sonora); Nicaragua (Nicaragua (mainland)); Panama; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: There are no population data available in the literature for this species. This is a common species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species lives at depths of between 20 and 150 m on silt and muddy substrate (Dall 1910), although it may also be found on other substrates. Adults may grow to 53 mm in length ( but will typically be less than this.
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 low to medium range (Rice 2007). This cannot be used as an indicator of abundance as this is primarily a deep water species and therefore difficult to gather except as fisheries by-catch.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Bibliography [top]

Appeltans W, Bouchet P, Boxshall GA, Fauchald K, Gordon DP, Hoeksema BW, Poore GCB, van Soest RWM, Stöhr S, Walter TC, Costello MJ. (Eds). 2011. World Register of Marine Species. Available at: (Accessed: August 2011).

Dall, W. H. 1910. Summary of the shells of the genus Conus from the Pacific coast of America in the U.S. national museum. Proceedings U.S. national museum 38(1741): 217 - 228.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.1). Available at: (Accessed: 12 June 2013).

Rice, T. 2007. A Catalog of Dealers' Prices for Shells: Marine, Land and Freshwater. Sea and Shore Publications.

Tenorio, M.J., Tucker, J.K., and Chaney, H.W. 2012. The Families Conilithidae and conidae The Cones of the Eastern Pacific. ConchBooks, Hackenheim.

Citation: Tenorio, M.J. 2013. Conus arcuatus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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