Verpa penis (previously known as Brechites penis) is listed as “presumed nationally extinct” in our latest Red Data Book.
Changi and Pulau Sekudu.
S. K. Tan, S. H. Tan and Martyn E. Y. Low have shared more about their status in a recent paper on Nature in Singapore.
With a more modest common name of watering pot or waterspout shell, the authors discuss many interesting aspects of this curious clam. From why the clam is better placed in the Genus Verpa, its status as 'extinct' in Singapore, and an awesome photo of live clams with their siphons sticking out the narrow end of the shell!
Read all about this fascinating clam on Nature in Singapore: Tan, S. K., S. H. Tan & M. E. Y. Low, 2011. A reassessment of Verpa penis (Linnaeus, 1758) (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Clavagelloidea), a species presumed nationally extinct. Nature in Singapore, 4: 5–8. [PDF, 192 KB]