CONTENTS
Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Lamp Shells (Brachiopods)
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
 
Lamp shell
Lingula unguis
Family Lingulidae

Size:
4-5cm

Lamp shells used to be common in more open Singapore mangroves, but they are now rare. Brachiopods are very ancient animals and are regarded as living fossils, not having changed substantially for some 350 million years.

Lamp shells dig burrows with slit-shaped openings with their powerful "foot". They are filter feeders.
close-up of lamp shell half buried in its burrow
Only the tip of
the shell is exposed

<<Back to aquatic invertebrates
What is mangrove?
Introduction

The Ecosystem

Abiotic
Biotic

Value
Intro
Products
Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

History
Mangroves to visit
Conservation
 
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre