Volva volva, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Nicola Davis
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
This is a large cowrie that can grow up to 140mm in length. The mantle is a translucent white with patches of dark brown / purple colour, the larger of these patches having a tapering papilla extending out from them.
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Common (33% 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.