Mitra cucumerina   (Lamarck,  1811) (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Joop Trausel & Frans Slieker

Size: 34 mm.

Color: Reddish orange to dark blood-red in color, ornamented with an interrupted, white or yellowish-white central band on the body whorl, and a few spots upon the ribs above and below the band, in some specimens the spiral ribs are lighter than the base color.

Shell up to 1½ inches in length, but rarely exceeding about 1 inch, globose, acuminate at both ends and solid, sutures weakly impressed. Whorls 7-9, apart from protoconch which is usually eroded, sculptured with prominent, elevated and angulate spiral cords which number from 3-4 on the penultimate and up to 20 on the body whorl, the interspaces are deep, “V”-shaped, axially prominently striate and equal in width or broader than the spiral cords. Aperture longer than the spire, very narrow and smooth within, outer lip very thick and prominently crenulate, crenulations decreasing in size anteriorly. Columella calloused and with 3-4 folds, first posterior fold very large, last anterior fold small, siphonal fasciole straight or sometimes recurved, occasionally weakly calloused, siphonal notch prominent.

Synonym (s)

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

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands 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
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • Tan, KS and Kastoro, WW (2004) A small collection of gastropods and bivalves from the Anambas and Natuna Islands, south China Sea The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 11 47-54
  • 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
  • Natural History Museum Rotterdam Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

Page last updated on:2011-09-05

Back to Search