shelled snails text index | photo index
Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Turridae
Javan turrid snail
Turricula javana

Family Turridae
updated Sep 2020
Where seen? This elegant snail is sometimes seen on sandy areas near seagrasses on our Northern shores. It is often seen ploughing through the sand with its long muscular foot. The Family Turridae is among the largest of marine snails and members are often difficult to distinguish.

Features: 5-7cm. Shell thin, long conical with spiralling ridge of knobs. Front has a pointed tip through which the siphon sticks out. The shell is usually not encrusted, plain pale brown or beige. Operculum thin, flexible, made of a horn-like material, yellowish.
Body pale with brownish spots with long muscular foot. Short tentacles, very long siphon which has a black tip.

Chek Jawa, Sep 10

Chek Jawa, Sep 10

Chek Jawa, Sep 10

Javan turrid snails on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi East, Oct 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

East Coast Park Big Splash, Jun 15
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

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



  • 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.
  • Bunjamin Dharma. 1988. Indonesian shells (Siput dan Kerang Indonesia). PT Sarana Graha. Indonesia. 111 pp.
links | references | about | email Ria
Spot errors? Have a question? Want to share your sightings? email Ria I'll be glad to hear from you!
wildfactsheets website©ria tan 2008