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Mitra mitra

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Kingdom  Animalia
Superfamily  Muricoidea
Genus  Mitra
Scientific name  Mitra mitra
Rank  Species
Phylum  Mollusca
Family  Mitridae
Subgenus  Mitra
Higher classification  Mitra
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Similar  Mitra, Mitridae, Gastropods, Mitra papalis, Molluscs

Mitra mitra, common name the episcopal miter, is a species of large predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mitridae, the miters.

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Distribution

Widespread in the Indo-Pacific, from East Africa, including Madagascar and the Red Sea, to eastern Polynesia. North to southern Japan, Wake Island and Hawaii, and south to Australia.

Habitat

This species lives in intertidal and sublittoral zones, to a depth of around 80 m.

Feeding

Mitra mitra is known to be carnivorous, an active predator that feeds on smaller gastropods and bivalves.

Shell description

The maximum shell length for this species is 18 cm, usually to 14 cm. Like in all Mitridae, the shell is elongate, somewhat fusiform, with a high spire. The aperture is elongate and narrow, and the outer lip is smooth and not lirate (grooved). Unlike other species of the Mitra genus, the spire is not strongly shouldered. The surface of the shell is smooth, with a few weak, spiral grooves towards the anterior end. The colour is white, with spiral rows of large irregular orange or red spots.

References

Mitra mitra Wikipedia


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