Photo take at -40 ft ona Coral reef this beautiful snail is feeding ona common sea fun about 3 cm long can be observed atached to gorgonians upon which it exclusively feeds. Unlike nudibranchs, flamingo tongue snails have a shell; however, the shell is typically not visible in living animals due to the mantle flesh covering it. When alive, the snail appears yellow-orange with irregular shaped spots ringed in black. However, the mantle can be retracted, exposing the shell. This snail is extremely over-collected and must be protected.
Found on coral reefs from Florida all the Caribbean sea, Central America to Brazil.
Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88
Spotted on Aug 4, 2012
Submitted on Aug 4, 2012
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