Conus articulatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus articulatus Sowerby III, 1873
Conus lombei G. B. Sowerby III, 1881
Conus semisulcatus G. B. Sowerby III, 1881
Conus tosaensis Shikama, 1970

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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 occurs from east Africa to west Thailand and north Indonesia. It also occurs separately from Japan to the Philippines and separately again from Papua New Guinea and Queensland to New Caledonia. This species is wide ranging with no obvious threats, so has been assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from east Africa to west Thailand and north Indonesia. It also occurs separately from Japan to the Philippines and separately again from Papua New Guinea and Queensland to New Caledonia (Röckel et al. 1995). The EOO, AOO and number of locations exceed the thresholds for criteria B1 and B2.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Queensland); British Indian Ocean Territory; Comoros; India; Indonesia (Sumatera); Japan (Kyushu, Shikoku); Kenya; Madagascar; Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Maldives; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mozambique; New Caledonia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Réunion; Seychelles; Somalia; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):240
Upper depth limit (metres):20
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Population [top]

Population:There are currently no data on the population of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in coral rubble and rocks at depths of 20 to 240 m. Adults can grow to a maximum length of 29 mm, although they will typically be smaller than this (Röckel et al. 1995).
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 occasionally by specimen shell dealers for the collector market. There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed, however shells are sold for prices typically in the mid range (Rice 2007).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): As a wide ranging species that occurs in fairly deep water there are no obvious threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs off Aliguay Island, a protected area (G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011) and numerous MPAs across its wide range.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.2. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.8. Marine Neritic - Coral Reef -> 9.8.6. Inter-Reef Rubble Substrate

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
3. Monitoring -> 3.2. Harvest level trends

♦  Handicrafts, jewellery, etc.
 International : ✓ 

♦  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. 2013. Conus articulatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192477A2101407. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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