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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Olividae
Tigerish olive snail
Oliva tigridella*
Family Olividae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This small bullet-shaped snail is sometimes seen on Changi and our Northern shores. It is a burrowing snail and more often seen above the ground at night or with the incoming tide.

Features: 2-3.5cm. Shell thick heavy, cylindrical bullet-shaped with tall conical spire. The glossy shell beige with various patterns from plain to dark speckles to large dark brown or black blotchy bars. The shell opening purplish brown. The animal has a large beige body with brownish spots all over. A long siphon sticks out of the notch in the shell. It does not have an operculum.

Changi, Apr 13

Tall conical spire.

Shell opening purplish brown.

Changi, Apr 13

Changi, Jun 09

East Coast Park, Jun 09

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

Tigerish olive snails on Singapore shores

Photos of Tigerish olive snails for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

With grateful thanks to Tan Siong Kiat of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research for identifying this snail.


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