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Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Molluscs
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
 
Bubble shell
Siput bawang
Haminoea
sp.
Family Haminoeidae


These detrital feeders are common on mud in the shaded part of the forest.

close-up of purple shell
Haminoea secretes a
sticky purple liquid
when disturbed

close-up of animal in shell
Side view
Eyes are embedded in
the dark, reddish-brown
cephalic shield
close-up of underside of empty shell
Shell of Haminoea
Shell height 0.8 cm
When disturbed, they secrete a sticky, purple secretion that may be distasteful to predators.

However, they are sometimes eaten locally - preserved in soya sauce and fermented bean paste.

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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