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Flamingo Tongue Snail

Cyphoma gibbosum


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

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Eric:)
Thanks Longmustache

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 11 years ago

Nice! Wonderful spotting as usual Gerardo :-)

windmustache 11 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Scott !:)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Ava , Seema, Karen, Mayra, Luis, Tyler and Patty!!:)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 years ago

This is an exquisite picture!

Seema 11 years ago

Hard to believe that its not painted

KarenL 11 years ago


MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Uau!!! Wonderful!!! Nice colors!!!

LuisStevens 11 years ago

Beautiful spotting Gerardo!

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes 11 years ago

or wait is that an insect...either way beautiful!

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes 11 years ago

That is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen! Great shot! Insects never cease to amaze me!

patty 11 years ago

Beautiful natural design. The contrast between the purple coral reef and the orange's snail is simply beautiful. That must have been a great dive; great pictures.

Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru


Spotted on Apr 12, 2012
Submitted on Apr 12, 2012

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