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Vitate conch snail
Doxander vittatus apicatus

Family Strombidae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? This conch snail was seen alive only once, so far, at St John's Island.

Features: 6-8cm, elsewhere up to 10cm. Shell thick, heavy, long and narrow, lip flared slightly wavy. The flared shell protects the long proboscis as the animal sweeps the bottom for titbits. Large eyes on eyestalks, each eyestalk has a tentacle, the purpose of which is not known. Like other conch snails, it hops using the knife-like operculum at the tip of a long muscular foot.

St John's Island, Jul 16

St John's Island, Jul 16
Vitate conch (Doxander vittatus apicatus)

Vitate conch on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

References

  • 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.
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