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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda
Fig snail
Ficus variegata

Family Ficidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? These snails are not commonly encountered. Mainly on wide clean sandy shores that are rich in buried marine life. They are usually more active at night. At low tide they are usually buried in the sand and only emerge at high tide.

Features: 8-10cm long. The thin but strong shell is shaped like a fig, with a very short spire and large shell opening. The shell is covered by two flaps of the mantle. The foot is large. The snails have a large head with two long tentacles, a very long proboscis, and a long siphon. They do not have an operculum as adults.

What do they eat?
From Mei Lin's study, their prey is unknown. Their teeth and feeding structures suggest they don't eat large prey. Remains of worms have been seen in some species of fig snails.

According to Poutiers
, they eat sea urchins and other echninoderms. But there have been no actual observations of them doing so.

Changi, Oct 11

Cyrene, Jan 12

East Coast, Jan 10
Photo shared by Liana Tang on her blog.

East Coast, Dec 08

East Coast, Dec 08

Fig snails on Singapore shores

Photos of Fig snails for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Family Ficidae recorded for Singapore
from Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore.

  Family Ficidae
  Ficus ficus
Ficus variegata


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