Conus auratinus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus auratinus da Motta, 1982

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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 is endemic to the Tuamotu Archipelago and little is known regarding its population status, habitat, ecology, or potential threats.  As more data is needed to be certain this species has been assessed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species only occurs in the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia (G. Poppe and A.J. Kohn pers. comm. 2011).
Countries occurrence:
French Polynesia (Tuamotu)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):18
Upper depth limit (metres):13
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Population [top]

Population:There are very few records of this species from the last 50 years (G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Little information is known regarding the habitat and ecology of this species.
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. There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed, however shells from old collections are occasionally sold for very high prices and are usually unavailable (G Poppe pers. comm. 2011).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures for this species at present.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.8. Marine Neritic - Coral Reef -> 9.8.6. Inter-Reef Rubble Substrate
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
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends

♦  Sport hunting/specimen collecting
 International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

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

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

Sea Shell Collector. 2011. Conus auratinus da Motta, 1982. Available at: (Accessed: 01/04). 2011. Conus auratinus da Motta, 1982. Available at: (Accessed: 01/04).

Citation: Kohn, A. 2013. Conus auratinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192432A2094428. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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