Conus acutimarginatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus acutimarginatus Sowerby II, 1866
Taxonomic Notes: This is considered a valid species by Filmer (2001) but was recently considered by Tucker (2010) to be a synonym of the wider-ranging Conus jaspideus Gmelin, 1791 which is a polytypic species consisting of three subspecies. Until further evidence is provided, this species is considered valid.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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 the Florida Keys to central Brazil. The taxonomy of this species is still being evaluated, and it may be part of a broader species concept. However, it is widely distributed, and there are no known threats, so it is assessed as least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found from the Florida Keys to central Brazil (Coltro and Petuch pers. comm. 2011). Specimens have been obtained from Islas Chimanas (AnzoƔtegui state, Venezuela) and Isla de Roatan (Islas de la Bahia, Honduras) (Tucker 2010, Rosenberg 2009).
Countries occurrence:
Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Brazil; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Haiti; Honduras (Honduran Caribbean Is.); Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of (Venezuela (mainland)); Virgin Islands, British; Virgin Islands, U.S.
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):18
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:There are no recordings of population levels for C. acutimarginatus in the literature. This is a relatively common species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:C. acutimarginatus specimens have been found in coral sand near coral reefs to depths of approx 18 m.  Adults typically grow to approx 23 mm.
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. There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed. It is low to medium priced in the collector market (Rice 2007).  Note, this species is subject to taxonomic query.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures currently in place for this species.

This species is subject to taxonomic query.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.4. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Sandy
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
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 -> 1.1. Taxonomy

♦  Handicrafts, jewellery, etc.

♦  Sport hunting/specimen collecting

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.

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

Tucker J. K. 2010. Danker L. N. Vink's The Conidae of the Western Atlantic. The Cone Collector 14a: 25-26.

Citation: Petuch, E. 2013. Conus acutimarginatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192804A2164473. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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