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Mitra idae Melvill, 1893
Distribution and Ecology: This miter lives from Northern California, United States, to Baja California, Mexico. The species is a specialized carnivore, and can live for weeks without food. The shell itself is a pinkish-tan color, but in life the shell is covered in a strong black periostracum.
An Ida's Miter snail, burdened by several hitchhiking Hoof Snails, crawls along colonial tunicates and other encrusting invertebrates at North Monastery Beach.
Monastery State Beach, Carmel Valley, California.