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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Mollusca | Class Gastropoda
  Photo by Kang NeeMelon or Baler Shell
Cymbium melo

Family Volutidae

Most volutes are carnivorous. The melon shell has a strikingly patterned body and can reach very large sizes (length up to 23cm). They occur on sandy/muddy substrates, usually in deeper sublittoral waters but are occasionally washed up on the shore. They are edible. Their empty shells are used as water-balers by fishermen in many parts of the world to scoop water out of their boats.
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