Mitra imperialis   Roeding,  1798 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Size: 60 mm.

Color: Variable in color, generally tan or dark brown, irregularly maculated with large and minute white blotches and spots, a broad brown band is situated at the lower third of the body whorl. Periostracum moderately translucent and brown in color.

Shell up to 2 ½ inches in length, elongate-ovate, thick and solid, body whorl plump, sutures distinct and ornamented with small white nodules. Whorls 5-6 apart from a worn and white protoconch, postnuclear whorls sculptured with 5 or 6 spiral cords, penultimate whorl with 5-9 deeply punctate spiral grooves, body whorl with 15-20 grooves and 6 or 7 oblique cords at the base. The spiral grooves are bisected by longitudinal threads which become obsolete on the lower half of the body whorl; the deep pits are situated in between the bisecting axials and spirals.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Imperial Miter
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Rocky


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Cernohorsky, WO (1973) The Mitridae of the World Indo-Pacific Mollusca Delaware Museum of Natural History Grenville, Delaware, U.S.A 3(17) 273-528 Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa

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