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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The Gulf Stream Miter

Isara straminea is a predatory gastropod of the miter family Mitridae that reaches 30 mm (about 1.2 inches). The species is found in relatively shallow water from off North Carolina, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, south to southeastern Brazil. The shell has a characteristic sculpture of revolving spiral cords, and is usually white or white with large, irregular light-brown spots. The illustration was created by Chris Kovaz for the Museum’s Digital Imaging Project.


Isara straminea from Alligator Reef, Florida. Illustration by Chris Kovaz.

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