Photo take at -35 ft on a Caribbean reef this beautiful snail moves on top of a purple sea fan. It is about 3 cm long and 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 reef from Florida all the Caribbean sea to Brazil
Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88
Spotted on Apr 12, 2012
Submitted on Apr 12, 2012
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