Vexillum dermestinumLamarck, 1811 reaches about 17 mm (about 0.7 inch). The shell sculpture includes well-defined axial ribs and narrower spiral ridges. The columella has three strong, beaded folds. This species has a complex color pattern of brown bands and spots on a white and yellow background. The Mottled Miter occurs in the east coast of Florida and the Keys, Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean all the way to the tropical part of Brazil, but is not found in Southwest Florida.
Shell of the Week: The Mottled Miter
The Mottled Miter, Vexillum dermestinum, from Sombrero Reef, Florida Keys. Illustration by José H. Leal.