Mitra papalis   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Snail)
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Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 160 mm.

Color: White in color, ornamented with 3-4 spiral rows of moderately small, quadrate, rhomboidal or triangular, crimson-red spots on the penultimate and 15-20 rows on the body whorl; interior of aperture cream or light yellow in color.

Shells about 6 ½ inches in length, elongate-ovate, solid and heavy. Whorls 8-9, apart from 2 smooth and white nuclear whorls, spire whorls slightly subangulate, post-nuclear whorls with 3-4 punctate spiral grooves which become weak on the penultimate and obsolete or absent on the body whorl. Sutures adcontours of the sutures. Aperture moderately wide, equal in height or longer than the spire, smooth within; outer lip thickened, perpendicular and crenate with small sharp denticles. Columella calloused and with 4-6 prominent, oblique folds, siphonal canal straight, obliquely corded and calloused, siphonal notch prominent.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Papal Mitre
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Sandy



Literature Source(s)
  • Apte,D (1998) The book of Indian shells Oxford University Press 115
  • 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
  • Sangiouloglou, G George's seashells and underwater world Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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