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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > sea slugs > Order Cephalaspidea
'Attap-chee' slug
Philine orientalis
Family Philinidae
updated May 2020

Where seen? This strange slug is sometimes seen in clean sandy shores and sand bars. It reminds of 'attap chee', the fruit of the Nipah palm that is eaten in local desserts such as 'ice-kacang'.

Features: 4-6cm long. Body oval wedge-shaped smooth white, made up of lobes. Like other headshield snails it has a shield over the front of the body which is used to plough through the sediments. This muscular slug can burrow rapidly into wet sand and can produce a large amount of slime. It has a thin internal shell.

What does it eat? It is believed to feed on small bivalves. Studies suggest this slug is seasonally abundant and voracious predators of clams, although it will also feed on algae and scavenge.

Changi East, Oct 11

Burrowing, with the head in the sand.

East Coast, Aug 09

'Attap-chee' slugs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Jul 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

East Coast Park, Feb 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.



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