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Conus messiasi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA MOLLUSCA GASTROPODA NEOGASTROPODA CONIDAE

Scientific Name: Conus messiasi
Species Authority: Rolán & Fernandes in Rolán, 1990

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-10-28
Assessor/s: Tenorio, M.J.
Reviewer/s: Monnier, E. & Seddon, M.
Facilitator/s: Seddon, M. & Peters, H.
Justification:
This species is endemic to the Cape Verde Islands where it is found only in the north of the island of Boavista around Derrubado, a coastline of approx 4.5 km.  However, the species is found on an inaccessible beach, with no known threats and hence is considered Least Concern,

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Cape Verde Islands where it is found only in the north of the island of Boavista around Derrubado, a coastline of approx 4.5 km (Monteiro et al. 2004)
Countries:
Native:
Cape Verde
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Atlantic – eastern central
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Population [top]

Population: During the breeding season only, this species is commonly encountered in shallow waters. There are at least 5-6 subpopulations of this species (M.J. Tenorio pers. comm. 2011).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found under rocks in shallow water of 0.5 to 3 m (Poppe and Poppe 2011).  Adults of the species typically grow to 28 mm in length.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is highly restricted in its range, being found along a single 4.5 km stretch of coastline on the island of Boavista. However, it is far from any developments with no road access, and hence there are no threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is restricted in its range and there are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.1). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 19 June 2012).

Monteiro, A., Tenorio, M.J. and Poppe, G.T. 2004. The Family Conidae, The West African and Mediterranean species of Conus. In: Poppe, G.T and Groh, K. (eds), A Conchological Iconography, pp. 270. ConchBooks, Hackenheim.

Poppe, G. T. and Poppe, P. 1996-2011. Conchology, Inc. Mactan Available at: http://www.conchology.be/. (Accessed: March 2011).

Citation: Tenorio, M.J. 2012. Conus messiasi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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