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Flamingo Tongue Snail

Cyphoma gibbosum


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.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Karen :)

KarenL 8 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks so much Lars !
Muchas gracias Yuriana es una buena fortuna algunos lugares siguen intactos por el hombre y and progresado mucho

YurianaMartínez 8 years ago

me da mucho gusto ver que aún con la cantidad de hoteles en Cancún y todos los desechos que van al mar, existen estos organismos en el arrecife, son hermosos, que bella foto

YurianaMartínez 8 years ago

my favorite!! love them

LarsKorb 8 years ago

excellent, Gerardo

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Matthijs :)

Matthijs 8 years ago


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Spotted on Aug 4, 2012
Submitted on Aug 4, 2012

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