|Ternate false fusus
seen? This large snail is rarely seen alive, so far only on our Northern shores. Although the empty shell is sometimes seen, usually occupied by a hermit crab.
Features: 7-12cm. Shell large,
thick with a long siphonal canal. Operculum teardrop-shaped and made
out of a horn-like material. Body pale with black speckles.
'Hairy' shell: The shell of a living
snail is covered with a layer of fine hairs (called the
periostracum). These hairs trap surrounding sediment so that the snail
blends perfectly into the mud. When the snail dies, the hairs
drop off revealing a glossy, orange shell. The large empty shell is
often taken over by a hermit
Sometimes confused with the more commonly seen Spiral melongena, which has a shorter siphonal canal and a black body. The Ternate false fusus is much more slender and has paler body.
side of living snail.
Changi, Aug 14
Fine hairs on the shell of a living snail shell.
animal's body is pale
with black speckles..
are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience
|Ternate false fusus on Singapore shores
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