Conus archetypus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Gastropoda Neogastropoda Conidae

Scientific Name: Conus archetypus
Species Authority: Crosse, 1865
Taxonomic Notes: C archetypus is now known to be part of a large species complex found from the lesser Antillies to central Brasil, comprising at least eight species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-10-26
Assessor(s): Coltro, J.
Reviewer(s): Peters, H. & Petuch, E.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Peters, H., Livingstone, S. & Passmore, J.
Owing to its wide distribution in Brazil there appears to be no imminent threat to this species. This species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Brazil where it is found from Bahia state to southern Espirito Santo state (Coltro J. in press 2011).
Countries occurrence:
Brazil (Bahia, Espírito Santo)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – western central; Atlantic – southwest
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 3000
Lower depth limit (metres): 80
Upper depth limit (metres): 50
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information for C. archetypus.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species lives in mud and rubble sand at 50 to 80 m depth (Coltro pers. comm. 2011) with adults typically growing to 32 mm (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 (Rice 2007). It is not a common species as it lives at depths between 50-80 m in areas not fished (Coltro pers. comm. 2011). There are no quantitative data available on the number of shells removed.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats now that trawling is unlawful in Brazil (Coltro pers. comm. 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Coltro, J. 2013. Conus archetypus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T192805A2164626. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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