Ovula costellata (Larmarck, 1810)

Distribution: 

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region. In Australia recorded from Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents shallow reef areas where it feeds on octocorals of the genus Sarcophyton. Depth to 30 m.

Additional Notes: 

The animal has an orange mantle with papillae tipped in orange. The foot is white with a fine black border, the shell is a delicate white with a mauve to pink tinge. Inside the shell is coloured pink to purple. Smaller and much less common than Ovula ovum, it is found in similar habitat. Grows to 50 mm.

References: 

Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific, Terrence M. Gosliner, David W. Behrens and Gary C. Williams, Sea Challengers Publication, Monterey, California. 1996. p.137.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Ovula+costellata. Accessed 09/11/2018.