Conus artoptus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus artoptus
Species Authority: Sowerby I & II, 1833
Conus spectabilis A. Adams, 1855

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-26
Assessor(s): Kohn, A. & Poppe, G.
Reviewer(s): Peters, H. & Bouchet, P.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hines, A., Peters, H. & Athorn, M.
This species is found from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in the east, across Papua New Guinea and Queensland to Indonesia and the Sulu Sea in the west.  This species has a wide distribution throughout the West Pacific and is not believed to have any major threats affecting it.  It is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in the east, across Papua New Guinea and Queensland to Indonesia and the Sulu Sea in the west (Röckel et al. 1995). It is found from 80-200 m.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Queensland); Indonesia; New Caledonia; Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands; Vanuatu
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Lower depth limit (metres): 200
Upper depth limit (metres): 80
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Population [top]

Population: There are no data in the literature on populations.  It is uncommon throughout its range.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations: Unknown Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This species lives on muddy bottoms at depth between 80 and 200 m. Adults of this species can grow to 79 mm although they will typically be less than this (Röckel et al. 1995).

Systems: Marine
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Unknown

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 high range; availability: irregular (Rice 2007).

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place for the protection of this species.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.6. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Muddy
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes

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

♦  Sport hunting/specimen collecting
 International : ✓ 

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: Kohn, A. & Poppe, G. 2013. Conus artoptus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192417A2091054. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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