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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Melongenidae
Ternate false fusus
Hemifusus ternatanus*

Family Melongenidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This large snail is rarely seen alive, although the empty shell is sometimes seen, usually occupied by a hermit crab.

Features: 7-12cm. Shell large, thick with a long siphonal canal. More slender than the more commonly seen Spiral melongena (Pugilina cochlidium). Operculum teardrop-shaped and made out of a horn-like material. Body pale with black speckles. 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 crab.

Upper side of living snail.
Changi, Aug 14


Fine hairs on the shell of a living snail shell.

The animal's body is pale
with black speckles..

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

Ternate false fusus on Singapore shores

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