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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Columbellidae
Lightning dove snails
Pictocolumbella ocellata
Family Columbellidae
updated Jul 2020
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. Sometimes orange or red ones can be seen 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.

Usually black, but sometimes also red or orange.
Pulau Tekukor, Jan 10

Lazarus, Apr 12

Kusu Island, Dec 04

Lightning dove snails on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

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

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

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on 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.
  • 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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