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Netted olive
Oliva reticularis
Lamarck, 1810

The outline is a short, smooth conical spire. The last winding is by far the largest. The pattern is a zigzag pattern of lines forming a kind of netted appearance, light brown or reddish on a white background. The color of the pattern varies per locality.
Size: the shell can reach up to 6 cm, usually 4 cm.

Inhabit the sandy or muddier areas near patchy reefs.
Depth: ranges from 2 m down to 10 m.

Common to occasional all over the Caribbean.

The animal preys on bivalve shells, that it finds crawling around, partially buried in sand.
In most countries it is illegal to bring back these shells from holidays.

Netted olive (Oliva reticularis)