seen? This small bullet-shaped snail is sometimes seen
on Changi and our Northern shores. A burrowing snail, more
often seen above the ground at night or with the incoming tide. To find it, look out for the typical trail it leaves on the sand surface as it burrows beneath.
Features: 2-3.5cm. Shell thick
heavy glossy, cylindrical bullet-shaped with conical spire. Shell pattern
beige with closely set fine dark brown zig-zag lines. Shell opening
violet. Body large beige with brownish spots all
over. A long siphon sticks out of the notch in the shell.
Changi, Jun 06
Shell opening violet.
East Coast Park, Aug 09
Short conical spire.
Typical trail of a burrowing olive snail in wet sand.
Chek Jawa, Jul 08
*Species are difficult
to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
olive snails on Singapore shores
|Other sightings on Singapore shores
mustelina on SeaLife Base: Technical fact sheet and photo.
Olividae in the Gastropods section by J.M. Poutiers in the FAO
Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes: The Living
Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific Volume
1: Seaweeds, corals, bivalves and gastropods on the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) website.
- 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.