"I have for some time had in my collection some specimens of Oliva which I think should be regarded as a variety of the well-known O. ispidula, although at first sight they look almost specifically distinct. They differ considerably from the type in form, being decidedly narrower in proportion to the length, and also in having a much longer and more gradually tapering spire. Their ground-colour is yellowish or yellowish-brown, and is reticulated with an irregular network of brown lines, and often exhibits more or less numerous scattered spots and dots of a much darker tint. The interior of the aperture is chocolate brown, becoming a little paler anteriorly. The suture is narrowly but distinctly channelled, and bordered above with a collar-like callus of a slaty-brown colour. Length of largest specimen 30, diam. 10.5 mm.; length of spire above the aperture, 9 mm.". Recent. Unknown locality.
This was a junior synonym of Voluta oliva Linnaeus, 1758, for Sterba (2004).