Oliva australis, Busselton, WA, Photo: Graham Edgar
Shiny pale shell that is generally ornamented by purplish zigzag longitudinal lines and alternating brown and white markings around the top of the whorls. This gastropod is common on clean sandflats off coasts with moderate wave exposure. Most animals are below the sand surface, where their presence is indicated by telltale tracks criss-crossing the sand.
Max Size: 3 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 17.4-22.0°C
Habitat: Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Widespread (67% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney