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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 7 years ago

Thanks Eric:)
Thanks Longmustache

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 7 years ago

Nice! Wonderful spotting as usual Gerardo :-)

windmustache 7 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Thanks Scott !:)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

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

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

This is an exquisite picture!

Seema 7 years ago

Hard to believe that its not painted

KarenL 7 years ago


MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

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

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Beautiful spotting Gerardo!

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes 7 years ago

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

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes 7 years ago

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

patty 7 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.


Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

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

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