Conus aureopunctatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus aureopunctatus
Species Authority: Petuch, 1987

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern B1b(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-26
Assessor(s): Petuch, E.
Reviewer(s): Peters, H. & Coltro, J.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Peters, H., Livingstone, S. & Passmore, J.
This species is found from Puerto Roosevelt, Guatemala to Golfo Triste, Venezuela. There are no known threats. This species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found from Puerto Roosevelt, Guatemala to Golfo Triste, Venezuela (Petuch and Coltro pers. comm. 2011).

Countries occurrence:
Colombia (Colombia (mainland)); Costa Rica (Costa Rica (mainland)); Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua (Nicaragua (mainland)); Panama; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of (Venezuela (mainland))
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – western central
Lower depth limit (metres): 100
Upper depth limit (metres): 10
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Population [top]

Population: Population information for this species is not available. This is a moderatly common species in suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Specimens of this species have been found from 10-100 m depth in sandy mud and rubble.  This species will grow to approx 17 mm in length (Rosenberg 2009)
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 this species is traded for the specimen shell collector market. It has limited availability and can demand relatively high prices (Rice 2007). There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

This species is scarce in the market and would benefit from further research into populations, distribution, habitat, level of off-take and threats (including the impact of fisheries) before any action plan can be formulated. There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.  

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.5. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Sandy-Mud
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

♦  Handicrafts, jewellery, etc.
 International : ✓ 

♦  Sport hunting/specimen collecting
 International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Appeltans W, Bouchet P, Boxshall GA, Fauchald K, Gordon DP, Hoeksema BW, Poore GCB, van Soest RWM, Stöhr S, Walter TC, Costello MJ. (Eds). 2011. World Register of Marine Species. Available at: (Accessed: August 2011).

Filmer, R.M. 2001. A Catalogue of Nomenclature and Taxonomy in the Living Conidae, 1758-1998. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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.

Rosenberg, G. 2009. Malacolog 4.1.1: A Database of Western Atlantic Marine Mollusca. [WWW database (version 4.1.1)]. Available at:

Citation: Petuch, E. 2013. Conus aureopunctatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192784A2160983. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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