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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Ovulidae
Nectar spindle cowrie
Phenacovolva nectarea*
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 peach or orange with white margins near the shell opening and white bars across the shell. Body white with maroon margin or all maroon, tentacles banded white and maroon. The mantle is maroon with yellow protruding bumps arising from white circles. The white circles may merge, forming bands across the body. The mantle is also sprinkled with darker maroon spots.

Similar looking spindle cowrie species include Phenacovolva rosea.

Beting Bronok, Jul 05

Changi, Jun 13


East Coast Park, May 21

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.
Hanging in there: Several of these snails were seen 'hanging' from a string of mucus on sea fans exposed out of water during low tide.

Changi, May 21



Laying eggs?
East Coast Park, Jun 13

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


With rows of eggs?
Changi, May 21

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


Nectar spindle cowries on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Changi Loyang, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.



Changi Loyang, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.



Changi Loyang, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.


Changi, May 13

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Changi, Jan 13

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Changi, Jul 12


Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Changi, Jun 09

Phencovolva cf. rosea
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Changi, Jun 11

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Changi, Jun 11

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Phencovolva cf. rosea
Changi, Jun 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.



Changi Loyang, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.



Changi Loyang, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.



Changi Loyang, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.




Pulau Ubin, Jul 17



Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Pulau Sekudu, Jul 19
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.


Chek Jawa, Jun 21

Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.



East Coast Park, Jun 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

East Coast Park, May 12

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

East Coast Park, May 21

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

References

  • 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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