Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Red berry snail
Sphaerassiminea miniata
Family Assimineidae

Its bright, brick-red shell and characteristic jerky movement on the mangrove floor are unmistakable, as are its short stumpy pair of red eye-stalks.

They are well adapted to living out of water, having a lung instead of a gill for respiration.

They presumably graze on detritus and surface algae on the mud.

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close-up showing snail in shell
Close up

group on the sand
The contrast created
by the shell colour of
Sphaerassiminea miniata
against mangrove mud is striking
Shell height about 0.5 cm
What is mangrove?

The Ecosystem


Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

Mangroves to visit
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