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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Mollusca | Class Gastropoda
  Photo by Tan Bee HongDwarf Turban Shell
Turbo brunneus
Family Turbinidae


This is the most common turban shell on rocky shores. They have a thick chalky operculum (structure that fits and protects the opening of the shell), which is often called a "cat's eye". They are algal feeders.

In other countries, they are collected as food, and the "cat's eye" made into jewellery, and even paper weights. (Shell 3-5cm).
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre