seen? This small snail is sometimes seen in large numbers in shallow
sheltered places and monsoon drains near the sea, also on mangrove
Features: 2-3cm. Shell conical
with spirals of large beads. Shell opening large and flared with a
spout-like tip. Operculum thin, dark with tight spirals.
Sometimes confused with Bazillion
snails which does not have flared shell opening and spout-like tip.
Kusu Island, May 07
Flared shell opening with spout-like tip.
|What does it eat? It grazes on
tiny things growing or settling on the muddy bottom, such as diatoms,
bacteria and detritus.
Human uses: Extensively collected for food and the shell
used to make lime in the Philippines.
horn snails on Singapore shores
- 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.
- Tan, K. S.
& L. M. Chou, 2000. A
Guide to the Common Seashells of Singapore. Singapore
Science Centre. 160 pp.
- Abbott, R.
Tucker, 1991. Seashells
of South East Asia.
Graham Brash, Singapore. 145 pp.