Shell of the Week: The Florida Miter
Dibaphimitra florida (A. Gould, 1856) reaches up to 74 mm (about 2.9 inches). A marine gastropod of the miter family Mitridae, it is found in relatively shallow water off the coast of east Florida, the Keys, and the northern Caribbean Region. The shell is attractive, with a regular pattern of small light-brown spots set against a yellowish-white background. I’ve seen novice shell enthusiasts confusing this species with the celebrated Junonia. Illustration by James F. Kelly for the Museum’s Digital Imaging Project.