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24 July 2009

© Franklin J. Viola and The Nature Conservancy 2009  All Rights Reserved.

USGS Kevin Lafferty / Palmyra Atoll


Exhibiting a thick shell typically bullet shaped
and vaguely resembling a bishop’s headdress,
Miter marine snails are most common in the Indo-Pacific region.
Episcopal Miters (Mitra mitra)
have a brilliant orange-checked shell
and are one of the largest members
(10cm or more as with this specimen)
of the
Mitridae family.



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