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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The White-spot Dove Snail

Mitrella ocellata is a small (13 mm, or 0.5 inch) marine snail from the dove snail family Columbellidae. Its shell shows a color pattern of white spots set on a chestnut-brown background, and a set of denticles on the outer shell lip. The species is found in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean from east Florida to southeastern Brazil. The species is found also on the mid-Atlantic oceanic islands of Trindade, Ascension, and Santa Helena.

Illustration by James F. Kelly.

Mittrella ocellata, from Boca Chica Key. Illustration by James F. Kelly.


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