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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Naticidae
Lined moon snail
Tanea lineata
Family Naticidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This beautiful moon snail is rarely seen, usually in silty sand near seagrasses. Elsewhere, it is found on fine sandy to muddy bottoms. It was previously known as Natica lineata.

Features: 3-4cm. Shell spherical (not flat) with the spiral tip sticking out a little. Colour white or beige with fine brown wavy lines. Body pale beige, darker brown front shield and tentacles. The operculum is shelly, smooth with a few grooves near the edges and pearly white.

Human uses: It is collected in trawls for food and for the shell trade.

Changi, Oct 07

Changi, Nov 08

Spiralling tip sticking out a little.
East Coast, Nov 08

Cyrene Reef, Jan 09

Changi, Jul 07

Lined moon snails on Singapore shores

Photos of Lined moon snails for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Changi East, Oct 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Tanah Merah, Jun 08

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.



  • 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.
  • Tan, K. S. & L. M. Chou, 2000. A Guide to the Common Seashells of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 160 pp.
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