Mitra pellisserpentis   Reeve,  1844 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 36 mm.

Color: Uniformly yellowish-orange, orange-brown, olive-brown or dark brown in color, occasional specimens with a pale central zone or white axial stripes on the body whorl, lines are discernible at least on the back of the outer lip, aperture and columella cream, yellow or orange in color. Periostracum very thin, orange-brown and translucent.

Shell about 1 1/2 inches in length, elongate-ovate or slender and elongate, solid, sutures impressed but narrowly incised. Whorls 6 1/2 - 8 1/2, apart from a protoconch of 2 glassy-white, smooth nuclear whorls, spire whorls flat-sided or weakly convex, sculptured with spiral rows of small granules which number from 0-12 on the penultimate and from 0-30 on the body whorl, in some granulose individuals, the body whorl sometimes develops weak, irregular and slender axial riblets, in the granulose forms, the interspaces between the granules are macroscopically reticulated. In smooth specimens, the first 3-4 post-nuclear whorls are granulose, the beading fades out on the antepenultimate whorl and the sculpture on the last 2 whorls consists of either weak spiral threads or weak axial riblets. Aperture longer than the spire, narrow and smooth within, outer lip thickened, interior with a variable-sized callus, margin of outer lip with elongated crenulations. Columella calloused, and with 4-6 oblique folds, base of shell constricted, siphonal fasciole straight and usually calloused, siphonal notch prominent.

Synonym (s)
Mitra Impressa Anton, 1839
Mitra granata Reeve, 1845
Mitra serotina A. Adams, 1853
Mitra dealbata A. Adams, 1853
Mitra grelloisi Recluz, 1853
Mitra uzielliana Crosse, 1861
Mitra microstoma Sowerby, 1874
Mitra cretacea Sowerby, 1874

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal


• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -

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