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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Nassariidae
Speckled whelk
Nassarius limnaeiformis
Family Nassariidae
updated Aug 2020
Where seen? This whelk with a white body speckled black is sometimes seen on our Southern shores. It is also known as Nassarius limnaeformis.

Features: About 2.5cm. Shell thick conical smooth. Shell pattern varies from plain brown to spiralling chevron band and/or fine red lines. Body white with black speckles, very long siphon and short tentacles. Operculum orange.

Terumbu Semakau, Apr 13

Terumbu Semakau, Apr 13

Patterned spiralling band on shell.
Cyrene Reef, Mar 13

Speckled whelks on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Jun 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Kusu Island, May 16
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

Kusu Island, Dec 18
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Cyrene Reef, Aug 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Terumbu Semakau, Jul 14
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

Grateful thanks to Tan Siong Kiat of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research for identifying 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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