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  Nerita planospira Anton, 1839
  Family Name : Neritidae

  Taxonomic Group : Invertebrates (Mollusc)

  Common Names : Flat-spired Nerite

 
Flat-spired Nerite
  • Description
    • Size :
      22 mm
      Description :
      Tightly coiled, thick and roughly ridged snailshell, with the shell mottled black and cream; the inner surface is smooth and white, with a toothed shelf protecting the entrance.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Mature mangroves on offshore islands, occurring on mangrove tree trunks and aerial roots.
      Habitats :
      Mangroves
      Distribution :
      Indo-West Pacific.
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Degradation of habitat.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      One of the rarest nerites in Singapore.
      Conservation Notes :
      This is one of the rarest of several species of Nerita found along the shores of singapore. Abundant in the 1960s, populations have declined drmatically with changes in habitat. The remaining mangroves that are protected can form a secure home for this species.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Vulnerable (VU)
  • References
    • Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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