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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Ellobiidae
Belongkeng snail
Ellobium sp.
Family Ellobiidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This large snail is sometimes seen in our back mangroves. Sometimes, their empty shells are washed ashore on beaches near mangroves. Elsewhere, they are also found in Nipah palm (Nypa fruticans) groves.

Features: 4-9cm. Shell thick and oval or elongated, plain brown. White at the shell opening. It breathes air (instead of through gills like most other marine snails). The animal is large with a fat pale body and short tentacles, some with pretty white patterns.

What does it eat? It grazes on algae growing on mangrove trees and on the ground.

Human uses: Traditionally collected as food by Indonesian coastal dwellers.

Status and threats: The Mangrove land snail (Ellobium scheepmakeri) is listed as 'Critically Endangered' on the list of threatened animals of Singapore due to habitat loss.

Pasir Ris, Aug 09

Pulau Semakau, Feb 09

Kranji Nature Trail, Dec 10

Changi Creek, Apr 09

Belongkeng snails on Singapore shores

Photos of Belongkeng snails for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Chek Jawa, Dec 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

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