Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus asiaticus
Species Authority: da Motta, 1985
Taxonomic Notes: There are 2 subspecies: C. asiaticus asiaticus and C. asiaticus lovellreevei

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.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Sanciango, J., Peters, H. & Livingstone, S.
This species occurs across a wide range and lives in deeper water. Although it is scarce in the market, there are no known threats at the present time. This species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found from Japan to the Philippines and Viet Nam. It is also found in Queensland, Australia.  The subspecies C. a. lovellreevei occurs in S. E. India (Röckel et al. 1995).

The EOO, AOO and number of locations exceed the thresholds for criteria B1 and B2.

Countries occurrence:
Australia (Queensland); China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang); India (Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu); Japan; Philippines; Taiwan, Province of China
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Lower depth limit (metres):60
Upper depth limit (metres):25
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Population [top]

Population:There is no available information on population for this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found at 25-60 m depths (Röckel et al. 1995) and is usually caught by trawls.

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. Prices are typically in the low range (Rice 2007). Availability is scarce.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

Although market indicators suggest shells of this species are scarce, it mainly occurs in deeper water 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.  A number of the specimens on the website Conchology were found by being trawled by fishermen (Poppe and Poppe 2011). There are no known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is scarce in the market and 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.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.4. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Sandy
suitability: Unknown  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education

♦  Sport hunting/specimen collecting

Bibliography [top]

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.

Röckel, D., Korn, W. & Kohn, A.J. 1995. Manual of the Living Conidae, Vol 1. Verlag Christa Hemmen.

Citation: Duda, T. 2013. Conus asiaticus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192551A2113964. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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