Oliva gibbosa   Born,  1778 (Sea Snail)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Color: The upper part of the body whorl ashy blue with pale brownish marking; lower part which is generally sharply demarcated from the upper by an oblique spiral line, yellowish white dark brown patches.

The shell is stout, thick with a smooth and highly polished surface and an elongately ovoid, somewhat inflated body whorl, the inflation being more strongly marked towards the upper part. The spire is rather short with a pointed apex. The columella bears a dense, polished white callus thickening which is particularly well marked posteriorly while anteriorly it bears numerous, oblique close-set ridges. The aperture is narrow and elongated, with a small slit like posterior canal and a broadly opened anterior canal in the form of a semilunar notch.

Synonym (s)
Oliva gibbosa Gravely, 1942
Oliva gibbosa Homell, 1921
Oliva gibbosa Reeve, 1850
Oliva utricula Reeve, 1850
Olivancillaha (Agaronia) gibbosa Melvill & Sykes, 1898
Olivancillaha (Uthculina) gibbosa von Martens, 1887
Voluta gibbosa Born, 1780
Voluta gibbosa Born, 1778
Oliva utricula Deshayes, 1832
Olivancillaria (Utriculina) gibbosa von Martens, 1887
Oliva gibbosa Hornell, 1921
Olivancillaria gibbosa Dautzenberg, 1927

Common Name (s)
• Globular Olive
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(They are used to make toys and dolls as figures of birds, human beings etc. by gluing the shells together.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky


• Orissa INDIA
• Maharashtra, Konkan Coast (Lat: 18.08) (Long: 73.42) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Karnataka, Netrani Island (Lat: 14.01) (Long: 74.33) INDIA (Record: 08/05/2006) (Depth: 12 mts)
• Goa, Candolim beach INDIA
• Gujarat, Gopnath INDIA
• Gujarat, Mahuva INDIA
• Gujarat, Veraval INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Hanumandandi Reef INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Kerala, Neendakara INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi, Sakthikulangara INDIA

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