Distribution: Temperate Northern Pacific realm. Warm Temperate Northwest Pacific province (SE Japan). Central Indo-Pacific realm. Java Transitional province. Sunda Shelf province (Vietnam). South China Sea province (SW Taiwan). Western Coral Triangle province. Eastern Philippines ecoregion (Philippines).
RV 6996a. Japan, Wakayama Prefecture, Shirahama.
Pale specimens, without the conspicuous longitudinal zigzag markings on the shell, from off SW Taiwan have been named Oliva mustelina f. lanberti Bert, 1984. As this form name was introduced after 1961, it has no standing under the ICZN code. Such specimens were named Oliva mustelina inornata Marrat, 1870, by Petuch & Sargent (1986: 104, Pl. 16 figs. 19-20). Oliva inornata Marrat, 1871, however, seems to involve a different taxon.
The species has demonstrated to implicate food poisoning in Tawan, in 2002 (Hwang et al., 2003).