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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Naticidae
Spotted moon snail
Natica gualteriana
Family Naticidae
updated Oct 2019

Where seen? This moon snail with a spotted body is sometimes seen on sandy areas near reefs on some of our Southern shores. It is also known as Gualtieri's moon snail.

Features: 2-3cm. Shell thick spherical (not flat) with the spiral tip sticking out. Shell beige, grey or orange sometimes with many irregular thin dark bands. Operculum shelly, smooth and pearly white with a dark smudge where the whorl starts. Body pale, tentacles short both with lots of small dark spots.

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


Cyrene Reef, Jul 10

Sisters Islands, Feb 10

Spotted moon snails on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Changi, Sep 10

Photo shared by Neo Mei Lin on her blog.

St John's Island, Feb 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Big Sisters Island, Feb 19
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Kusu Island, Jun 15
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.

Kusu Island, Sep 10
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her blog.

Pulau Semakau South, Feb 16
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.


Terumbu Pempang Laut, Aug 16
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Terumbu Bemban, Jun 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.
 


Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Acknowledgement
Grateful thanks to JK for sharing the ID of this snail on the wild shores of singapore blog.

Links
References
  • 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.
  • Abbott, R. Tucker, 1991. Seashells of South East Asia. Graham Brash, Singapore. 145 pp.
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