Conus augur


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Conus augur
Species Authority: "S" Lightfoot, 1786
Conus augur Hwass in Bruguière, 1792
Conus magus Röding, 1798
Conus punctatus Gmelin, 1791

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-28
Assessor(s): Veldsman, S.G.
Reviewer(s): Peters, H. & Raybaudi-Massilia, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Peters, H., Bohm, M., Jones, L. & Sheriff, Z.
This species occurs in shallow water and is widely distributed across the Indian ocean, from the south coast of Natal along East Africa to Sri Lanka. It has no known current threats to its population. It has therefore been assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in shallow water and is widely distributed across the Indian Ocean, from the south coast of Natal along East Africa to south India and Sri Lanka (Röckel et al. 1995). Reports of this species further east in South-East Asia are doubtful.
British Indian Ocean Territory; Comoros; India (Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu); Kenya; Madagascar; Maldives; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mozambique; Réunion; Seychelles; Singapore; Somalia; South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal); Sri Lanka; Tanzania, United Republic of
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Indian Ocean – western
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Population [top]

Population: There are no data on population levels for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs at depths between 3-25 m in muddy sand, beneath rocks, and within coral rubble. Adults will grow to approx. 76 mm but will typically be less than this (Röckel et al. 1995).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: In common with all Conus spp and other molluscs, the shells of this species are traded for the collector market. They may also be gathered for the local tourist market and by tourists visiting the country. There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed.

There is ready availability of shells of this species for sale on the mollusc shell market as reported through specialist websites and dealer catalogues (Rice 2007), with low prices demanded.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Veldsman, S.G. 2013. Conus augur. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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