Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Lantern clam
Laternula truncata
Family Laternulidae

These thin-shelled, elongate bivalves live buried in mud with only their camouflaged siphons protruding.

Instead of using the resilience of its ligament as the opposing force to the action of the adductor muscles as in most bivalves, the flexibility of the shell is utilised to aid in shell movements and water flow.

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close-up of empty shell
Right valve of
Laternula truncata
Shell length 3.4 cm

close-up of empty shell
Detail of hinge areaof the
same shell, showing the
internal struts (arrows)

close-up of shell in mud
Laternula truncata
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