Where seen? Some large melongena snails are commonly seen
on many of our shores, usually in estuaries or near mangroves.
Features: Shell large and thick.
They have a tough operculum made of a horn-like material. They lay
egg capsules in orderly rows on rocks and other hard surfaces.
do they eat? Many species of melongena snails eat bivalves,
Human uses: They are collected
for food by coastal dwellers and the shell used to make lime.
Melongenidae recorded for Singapore
Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist
of The Molluscs of Singapore.
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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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& L. M. Chou, 2000. A
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and Peter K. L. Ng. 1994. A First Look at Biodiversity in Singapore.
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L. & Y. C. Wee, 1994. The
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Tucker, 1991. Seashells
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