Mitra aurora floridula (Sowerby, 1874)

Mitra aurora floridula
Mitra aurora floridula
Photographer: 
Nicola Fraser
Date: 
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Location: 
Minnie Water
Depth: 
1m
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Recorded from Indo-west Pacific, the Philippines and Mauritius. In Australia known from the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and north western Western Australia.

Ecological Notes:

This genus is generally found in low intertidal and shallow subtidal areas, in sandy or muddy substrate or below rocks and coral.

Additional Notes:

Carnivorous, thought to feed on sipunculid (Peanut) worms. Specimen pictured discovered in intertidal area on rocky platform and approximately 20 mm in length.  

References:

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=mitra+aurora+floridula. Accessed 08/11/2018.

The Seashells of New South Wales, Des Beechey, Senior Fellow, Australian Museum, Release 25. Website at https://seashellsofnsw.org.au/Mitridae/Pages/Mitridae_intro.htm#Coverage. Accessed 08/11/2018.