- Miters are characteristically shaped and rather easily recognizable as a family.
The shell shows several columellar folds on the inside, as shown in the shell
shown below. The Costellariidae family (synonym,
Vexillidae) includes very similar shells that were formerly classified with the Mitridae.
Differences are based on anatomy of the live mollusk, and both families are found in warm
water. Mitridae shells are are very similar in shape to the Costellariidae shells. While
not generally as colorful, Mitridae shells do show markedly varying sculptural patterns.
- Class: Gastropoda
- Clade: Neogastropoda
- Superfamily: Muricoidea
- Family: Mitridae
- Major Genera
- Genus: Cancilla
- Genus: Imbricaria
- Genus: Mitra
- Genus: Neocancilla
- Genus: Pterygia
- Genus: Scabricola
- Genus: Subcancilla
Mitra incompta (Lightfoot, 1786)
(a rare shell)
Mitra belcheri (Hinds, 1844)
(an uncommon shell)
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