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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda
Spiral babylonia snail
Babylonia spirata
Family Babyloniidae
updated Jul 2020
Where seen? This pretty snail is sometimes seen on our Northern shores on sandy areas near seagrasses. Often half buried in the ground, emerging as the tide starts to come in.

Features: 4-6cm. Shell thick, conical, smooth with distinctive spiral. Shell colour and pattern variable, from plain brown to white with orange or brown spots. There is notch at the tip of the shell where the long siphon emerges. Operculum thin and flexible, made of a horn-like material. Body pale, with a long muscular foot that is dark with an orange rim, short tentacles and long siphon.

Changi, Jun 13

Muscular foot with operculum.

Spiral babylonia snails on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Sembawang Beach, Sep 20
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.
 


Pasir Ris-Loyang, Oct 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Pasir Ris Park, Sep 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.


Changi, Jul 20
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Ubin OBS, Jan 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Ubin, Dec 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

References

  • Siong Kiat Tan and Martyn E. Y Low. 14 August 2013. First record of Babylonia spirata (Linnaeus) in Singapore, with notes on congeners in the local seafood trade (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Babyloniidae). Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore Nature in Singapore 2013 6: 191-195
 
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