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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Columbellidae
Lightning dove snails
Pictocolumbella ocellata
Family Columbellidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This snail with a pretty black-and-white shell is often seen in small groups on many of our Southern rocky shores. They may be found on top and under stones. It was formerly known as Pyrene fulgurans.

Features: 1.5-2cm. Shell thick, black with white or yellow zig-zag stripes. There are occasionally orange or red ones among the black ones. The lip of the narrow shell opening is thickened and is often purplish on the inner side. The foot is narrow and strong, and the siphon very long.

St. John's Island, Aug 08

Kusu Island, Dec 04

Pulau Biola, Dec 09

Lazarus, Apr 12

Lightning dove snails on Singapore shores

Photos of Lightning dove snails for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Kusu Island, Dec 04
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

Pulau Semakau East, Jan 16
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.



  • 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.
  • Tan, K. S. & L. M. Chou, 2000. A Guide to the Common Seashells of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 160 pp.
  • Abbott, R. Tucker, 1991. Seashells of South East Asia. Graham Brash, Singapore. 145 pp.
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