Original description(s): 

"Oliviform shell with a high spire of several whorls terminating in an obtuse nucleus. Sutures narrowly grooved, the collar of the preceding whorl appressed. No callous wash on the parietal wall. Pillar structure is a low, finely plaited fold at the end of the columella. Fasciole wide and undivided. Internally with a fold at the end of the pillar, the internal walls of the spire-whorls reabsorbed. Operculum present, chitinous. The radular ribbon is very long, with numerous teeth (± 100), the rhachidian tooth tricuspidate.".

Name-Bearing Type: 

Type species by original designation: Voluta jaspidea Gmelin, 1791.

General description: 

A genus of small species previously considered to be confined to the Caribbean. A clade from the tropical and warm-temperate eastern Atlantic, however, also seems to be assignable to Jaspidella, as demonstrated by the description of the shell, radula (tricuspidate rhachidian) and operculum of Olivella oteroi Bermejo, 1979, from the Canary Islands by Rolán & Hernández (2008). Jaspidella is confined to Atlantic waters, with four species recornised from the Western Atlantic and three (with a query) to the Eastern Atlantic:

The type species is Voluta jaspidea Gmelin, 1791 (see below).

Western Atlantic Jaspidella
Jaspidella jaspidea (Gmelin, 1791)

RV 5804a. USA, Florida, Monroe County, Florida Keys, Little Torch Key, on sandy shoals, 1978. Scale bar is 1 cm.

Jaspidella blanesi (Ford, 1898)

Tropical Atlantic realmTropical Northwestern Atlantic province.

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Jaspidella carminiae Petuch, 1992

Tropical Atlantic realmTropical Northwestern Atlantic province.

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Jaspidella miris Olsson, 1956

Tropical Atlantic realmTropical Northwestern Atlantic province.

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Eastern Atlantic Jaspidella?
Jaspidella? pulchella (Duclos, 1835)

Tropical Atlantic realmWest African Transition provinceGulf of Guinea province

RV 5475a-b. Ghana, Axim, Miemia Bay, by diver, depth 5-10 m, in sand. Scale bar is 1 cm.

Jaspidella? sp. Sao Tomé

Tropical Atlantic realmGulf of Guinea province.

RV 1252. Sao Tomé & Principe, Sao Tomé, 1990. Scale bar is 2 mm.

Jaspidella? oteroi(Bermejo, 1979)

 Temperate Northern Atlantic realmLusitanian province.

RV 5869. Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, SW coast, Punta del Pasito Blanco; depth 1-2 m, in sand, by snorkelling; August 1994.

Look alikes: 

Looks similar to Olivella s.l. but has an olivid (tricuspidate) rather that olivellid (pectinate, multicuspidate) type of radula (Bandel, 1984).

Taxonomic name: 
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith