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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Turbinidae
Dwarf turban snail
Turbo bruneus*
Family Turbinidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This large turban snail is sometimes seen on our rocky shores. It is also sometimes called the Brown turban snail and the scientific name is sometimes spelt as Turbo brunneus.

3-5cm. Shell thick with spiral cords which feel rough as they have tiny scales. Chalky operculum is hemi-spherical with many tiny bumps, dark green with greyish and white margins. Body with brown mottles, a pair of slender tentacles.

Sometimes confused with the Top shell snail (Family Trochidae) has a more pyramidal shell and a thin operculum made of a horn-like material. While the turban shell snail has a shell with more distinct whorls and a thick, chalky operculum. Here's more on how to tell apart turban and top shell snails.

Pulau Hantu, Feb 08

Many tiny bumps on the operculum.

Spiral cords with tiny scales.

Dwarf turban snails on Singapore shores

Photos of Dwarf turban snails for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Pulau Biola, Dec 09

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09

Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his flickr.

With grateful thanks to Tan Siong Kiat of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research for identifying this snail.


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