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Kingdom Animale | Phylum Mollusca | Class Gastropoda
  Photo by Tan Bee HongDog Whelk
Nassarius

Family Nassaridae


These carnivorous snails are common on the surfaces of sandy/muddy shores. Like moon snails, they also drill into shellfish. Live whelks are easily recognised by their long trunk-like proboscis which extends vertically above the substrate. In other countries, they are serious pests of oyster beds, where they are known as "oyster drills". (Shell 1-2 cm).
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