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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Ovulidae
Dalmation spindle cowrie
Phenacovolva barbieri*
Family Ovulidae
updated Sep 2020
Where seen? This tiny elongated snail is sometimes seen on sea fans on our Northern shores.

Features: 2-3cm. Shell thin and pointed at the ends. Shell colour orange, yellow (also red to violet) with a white bar across the middle of the shell. Body translucent with yellow protruding bumps and irregular black spots all over. Foot white with black line in the middle.Tentacles banded white and black. It has a fan-like flap near the head that is yellow with a black margin.

Similar looking spindle cowrie species include Phenacovolva rosea and Cuspivolva formosa

Changi, Jun 13

Beting Bronok, May 03

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

Dalmation spindle cowries on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, May 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.



  • Wong, H. W., 2011. The Ovulidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Singapore. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.
  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.
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