, commonly known as the pontifical mitre, is a species of sea snail
, a marine gastropod
mollusc in the family Mitridae
. This species is found in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans and may reach 87 mm (3.4 in) in length. Mitre shells are so-called because their shape resembles that of a mitre
, the ceremonial head-dress of bishops
in the Christian church. They are predators, using a long toothed radula
to feed on worms and molluscs.
This picture shows five views of an empty M. stictica shell from Queensland, Australia, some 6 cm (2.4 in) long. Clockwise from top left, the shell is seen in abapertural, lateral, apertural, umbilical, and apical views.Photograph credit: H. Zell