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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Trochidae
Dolphin snail
Angaria delphinus
Family Turbinidae/Angariidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This large snail with an encrusted shell but pearly inner mouth is sometimes seen on some of our reefy shores. Some place this snail in the Family Angariidae

Features: 4-6cm. Shell, thick and flattened conical. The shell of a living snail is usually hidden by encrusting lifeforms. The outer shell has spiky projections which may be short or long. But we should not clean off the camouflaging cover on a living snail as this might put it in danger. The opening of the shell is glossy and pearly and somewhat angular in outline. Unlike other commonly seen turban snails, the ooperculum is thin, brown and made of a horn-like material. Body pale with dark blotches, a pair of long tentacles.

Upper side usually covered
with encrusting organisms.
Tanah Merah, Oct 09

Tanah Merah, Oct 09

Tanah Merah, Oct 09

Tanah Merah, Jun 10

Tanah Merah, May 09

Tanah Merah, Oct 09

Tanah Merah, Oct 09

Dolphin snails on Singapore shores

Photos of Dolphin snails for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Sentosa Serapong, May 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

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