Mitra (Nebularia) maesta   Reeve,  1845 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: 21 mm.

Color: Tan to brown in color, spire whorls occasionally paler than the body whorl, tip of spire and siphonal fasicole occasionally darker brown, some individuals have 1-2 paler bands on the body whorl. Aperture and columella light brown, columellar folds paler in color.

Shells up to 3/4 inches in length, only moderately solid, sutures very narrowly channeled and smooth. Whorls 8-9, apart from the protoconch, spire whorls convex and distinctly angulate and tabulated at the sutures, post-nuclear whorls sculptured with 3 flat spiral cords and axially striate grooves, axial striae becoming obsolete on the last 3 whorls and the cords become less elevated. On the last 2 whorls, the spiral grooves are narrow and deeply incised and produce flat cords, which number from 1-4 on the penultimate and up to 16 on the body whorl: the cords sometimes become obsolete on the centre of the last 2 whorls, but in all specimens there is at least 1 or 2 sutural spiral cords which are prominent and more elevated. The aperture is slightly shorter or longer than the spire, narrow and smooth within, outer lip only moderately thickened, constricted anteriorly, and with small, weak, scalloped denticles at the margin, the columella is prominently calloused, callus becoming detached and margined anteriorly, columella with 3-4 oblique folds. Siphonal fasciole short, straight and corded, siphonal notch weak.

Synonym (s)
Mitra emiliae Preston, 1908

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated,Sandy,Muddy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • OBIS Indo-Pacific molluscan database 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Eddie, H Hardy's internet guide to marine gastropods Available at -
  • Subba Rao, NV and Dey, A (2000) Catalogue of marine molluscs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Occasional paper no 187 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 1-323 Available at - NCL, Pune

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