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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Columbellidae
Dotted dove snail
Euplica scripta
Family Columbellidae
updated Jul 2020

Where seen? This little snail is sometimes seen in numbers on some of our shores. Usually on large seagrasses (such as Tape seagrass) and large seaweeds (such as Sargassum). Sometimes many can be seen well dispersed among these leafy lifeforms. It was also known as Columbella versicolor, Pyrene versicolor and Pyrene scripta.

Features: 1.5-2cm. The thick pale shell is sometimes delicately-patterned with black and yellow markings. Some are plain, while in others, the pattern may be hidden by encrusting growths. Body plain with a pair of tentacles and quite a long siphon. Often seen grazing on the fine algae that coats seagrasses and seaweeds.

What does it eat? Like other dove snails that live on seagrasses, it is probably a grazer, chomping up diatoms, sponges and other tiny animals on the seagrass blades, while also scraping some of the seagrass itself.

Pulau Sekudu, Jul 20

Sisters Island, Aug 08

Sentosa, Oct 04
St. John's Island, Sep 07

St. John's Island, Sep 07

Sometimes seen in groups.
Pulau Sekudu, Oct 11

Eating the algae growing on seaweed.
St. John's Island, Sep 07

Dotted dove snails on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr



  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
  • Bunjamin Dharma. 1988. Indonesian shells (Siput dan Kerang Indonesia). PT Sarana Graha. Indonesia. 111 pp.
  • Abbott, R. Tucker, 1991. Seashells of South East Asia. Graham Brash, Singapore. 145 pp.
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