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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The Barbados Miter

Probata barbadensis reaches up to 45 mm (about 1.8 inches). A marine gastropod of the miter family Mitridae, the Barbados Miter is found in relatively shallow water off the coast of east Florida, the Florida Keys, the Caribbean Region, and the western Atlantic south to eastern Brazil. The shell is attractive, with a regular pattern of spiral ridges set against a mostly smooth background. The columella, or central shell shaft, has five slanted folds (visible on the photo on right). The shell color shows variations of light-brown, yellowish-brown, or fawn hues, sometimes with tiny white flecks.

Probata barbadensis from the Florida Keys. Illustration by James F. Kelly for the Museum’s Digital Imaging Project.

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