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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda
Tiny seagrass snail
Alaba virgata*
Family Litiopidae
updated Aug 2020
Where seen? These tiny snails are often seen in large numbers on seagrasses on our Northern shores.

Features: 0.5cm or smaller. Shell thin, conical, smooth. Shell translucent to maroon with fine maroon lines. Body translucent white with long thin tentacles.

Changi, Jul 15

Changi, Jul 15

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Tiny seagrass snails on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Chek Jawa, Jul 15
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.

Grateful thanks to Tan Siong Kiat for the possible identification of this snail.


  • 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.
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