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Flamingo Tongue Snail

Cyphoma gibbosum


Photo take at -40 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 8 years ago

Thanks Gama i will and Blogie

GamalEldienFathi 8 years ago

So great dear, if you have another pics of it please link me to them.

Blogie 8 years ago

It's lovely! I wonder if we have them here in the Philippines...

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Que onda Luis como estas que buena sorpresa
Welcome to Project Noah Luis

Amazing creature and an excelent picture

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Thanks Leuba at least inside Marine National Parks areas they are protected but still always the bad guys.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

lovely patterns ! - I hope they do something about protecting it. Thanks for sharing the photo and information.

Gerardo Aizpuru
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Spotted on May 25, 2012
Submitted on May 25, 2012

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