|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Mollusca | Class Gastropoda|
There are many species of this common and interesting shell along rocky shores, especially on man-made structures. The shell colour pattern is quite variable even within a species. They are algal and lichen feeders.
Their egg cases are white, disc-like, and attached onto the lower surfaces of rocks or wood. (Shell 2-3cm).
These small snails are easily overlooked. Interestingly, the colourful shell patterns show an enormous number of variations, no two shells being identical. They feed on detritus and algae, prefering slow moving, sheltered, shallow waters. (Shell 0.3-0.5cm).
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