Diodora italica (Defrance, 1820)
Algarve, Mediterranean. Predator on sessile preys in the upper half of the infralittoral. Original taxon: Fissurella italica.
Ponza island, Isole Pontine, Lazio, W. Italy. 42mm.
Synonyms: mediterranea, neglecta, vitoensis.
3-5m deep, feeding on sponges, Plaka, NW. of Elounda bay, Lasithi, N. Crete. 50mm.
Along with D. demartiniorum, D. italica is markedly larger than the other species of the genus in Mediterranean. Shell high, subtriangular in shape; sculpture made of circa 18 thick costae separated by numerous thin striae, and crosssed by sparse concentric folds and by many thin sharp striae, especially around the top; apical aperture narrow, keyhole-shaped, slightly anteriorly placed, gibbbous inside; peristome curved, denticulate; inside whitish; muscular print darker. The animal is yellow to orange, with a large foot.

Same spot, 35mm.
Above and below:
Dead collected at 5-6m deep, on bottom of muddy sand, gravel, stones, sponges and shell debris, 100m offshore, north of the mills, Elounda.
The species may be locally common in some places like Elounda, where dead shells cover the bottom. 33-39mm.

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