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guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Sunset shell, Tan
Gari elongata
Family Psammobiidae

Their dead shells can often be seen washed up on mangrove banks. Their long, fused siphons allow them to stay deep inside the mangrove substrate. The internal surface of the shell has a prominent pallial line where the mantle is attached. The Hokkien snack 'tan-piah' (deep fried dough, also popularly called 'UFOs') may contain chopped up pieces of this bivalve.

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close-ups of empty shells
Gari elongata
left (top) and right valves
Note prominent
parallel line (arrow)
Shell length 5.4 cm
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About Mangroves
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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