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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Ovulidae
Red spindle cowrie
awaiting identification*
Family Ovulidae
updated Sep 2020
Where seen? This tiny elongated snail is often seen on sea fans on our Northern shores.

Features: 1-1.5cm. Shell thin and usually a dull orange or red and not so pointed at the ends. Foot and siphon red or black. The mantle is usually the same colour and pattern as the sea fan with tiny red or dark dots and little white or pale protrusions that mimic the polyps of the sea fan. Tentacles red or orange with white tips.

Several similar looking spindle cowrie species include: Cuspivolva queenslandica, Crenavolva traillii and Phenacovolva rosea.

East Coast, Jun 06

Chek Jawa, Aug 05

Underside.
Chek Jawa, Aug 05


Changi, Jul 12

Changi, Jun 12

Changi, Jun 12

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


Red spindle cowries on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


East Coast, Jul 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

East Coast, Jul 09

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.


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

East Coast, Jun13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


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.
  • H. W. Wong. 8 Sep 2008. A new record of Cymbovula segaliana Cate, 1973 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Ovulidae) in Singapore. Pp. 65-67. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.
  • Coleman, Neville. 2003. 2002 Sea Shells: Catalogue of Indo-Pacific Mollusca. Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd, Australia.144pp.
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