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This species of cone snail is endemic to the waters off Somalia from Berbera in the Gulf of Aden to Hobyo in the Arabian Sea. Although this species has a limited range and is scarce in the market with a high value (Rice 2007), it is a deep water species that would be difficult to gather; it also occurs in an area of great political instability which is dangerous to visit. This may in fact provide protection to this species. The deep water habitat of this species makes it unlikely to be significantly affected by pollution. This species is considered to be Least Concern.
Coasts within the Gulf of Aden are under threats derived from shipping and associated spills and pollution. Untreated domestic and municipal wastes are dumped into the sea through port facilities. Other types of marine pollution resulting from development may also be affecting coastal areas (UNEP 1997), although this species is found in deeper waters, so that pollution is unlikely to pose a significant threat.
Political instability in much of its range makes it impossible to determine levels of offtake or changes in habitat.
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This species occurs in the Indian Ocean off Somalia.
- Bouchet, P. (2015). Conasprella lizarum (Raybaudi Massilia & da Motta, 1992). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=835409 on 2015-03-13
- Tucker J.K. & Tenorio M.J. (2009) Systematic classification of Recent and fossil conoidean gastropods. Hackenheim: Conchbooks. 296 pp.
- Puillandre N., Duda T.F., Meyer C., Olivera B.M. & Bouchet P. (2015). One, four or 100 genera? A new classification of the cone snails. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 81: 1-23.
- The Conus Biodiversity website
- See image at Gastropods.com « Conus lizarum» accessed : 2 February 2012
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