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guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Mangrove dove shell
Columbella duclosiana
Family Columbellidae

Although common, very little is known of its natural history. Anatomically, dove shells have the markings of a carnivore and indeed, some are predators of polychaetes, but others appear to have reverted to an omnivorous or herbivorous lifestyle.

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view of upper and lower shell
Apertural (left) and dorsal (right)
views of cleaned and dried
shells of Columbella duclosiana.
These shells are invariably
covered with a layer of mud in
their natural habitat
Shell height 1.1 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