Strano (2017) conveniently demonstrated that Oliva virgata Sterba, 2005, was based on juvenile shells. However, the taxon was retained as the southern subspecies of the taxon under discussion here.
Thus, two subspecies are recognised:
Temperate Northern Pacific realm. Warm Temperate Northwest Pacific province. Central Indo-Pacific realm. Java Transitional province. Sunda Shelf province. South China Sea province. Western Coral Triangle province. Eastern Philippines ecoregion.
RV 6996a. Japan, Wakayama Prefecture, Shirahama.
Western Indo-Pacific realm. Andaman province. Central Indo-Pacific realm. Sunda Shelf province.