Conus aphrodite 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus aphrodite
Species Authority: Petuch, 1979

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 in New Caledonia, the Philippines and Ryukyu island (between Taiwan and Japan) and Vanuatu.  As a deep water species with a wide range and no obvious threats, this species has been assessed as of Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in New Caledonia, the Philippines and Ryukyu island (between Taiwan and Japan) and Vanuatu. (Röckel et al. 1995). The EOO, AOO and number of locations exceed the thresholds for criteria B1 and B2.
Countries occurrence:
Japan (Nansei-shoto); New Caledonia; Philippines; Vanuatu
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Lower depth limit (metres): 380
Upper depth limit (metres): 120
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Population [top]

Population: There are currently no data on this species' population in the literature.  In the Philippines, it is relatively common around 200 m (G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs over gravel and muddy gravel at depths of  between 120 and 380 m . Adults grow to a maximum length of 23 mm, average of 16 mm (G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).
Systems: Marine

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 are sold in the mid range and are occasionally available (Rice 2007).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are currently unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is very abundant in Aliguay Island, which is protected (G. Poppe pers. comm. 2011).

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.3. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Loose Rock/pebble/gravel
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.6. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Muddy
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
1. Land/water protection -> 1.1. Site/area protection

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]

Clark, M. R. and Koslow, J. A. 2008. Impacts of Fisheries on Seamounts. In: T. J. Pitcher, T. Morato, P. J. B. Hart, M. R. Clark, N. Haggan and R. S. Santos (eds), Seamounts: Ecology, Fisheries & Conservation, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford.

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.

Stocks, K. 2009. Seamounts Online. Available at: (Accessed: 2nd February 2011).

Citation: Kohn, A. 2013. Conus aphrodite. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192730A2151591. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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