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Flamingo Tongue Snail

Cyphoma gibbosum

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Found on coral reef from Florida all the Caribbean sea to Brazil

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18 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Seema indeed :)

Seema
Seema 8 years ago

as if painted

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Marie :)

Marie Cuenca
Marie Cuenca 8 years ago

Wow!! Great spotting! :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Yasser and Jason :)

Yasser
Yasser 8 years ago

Beautiful!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Amazing!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Christy :)

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

What a beautiful snail!! The coloring is great! Nice spotting!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Zulkifly :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks so much Elizabeth :)

zulkifly
zulkifly 8 years ago

now thats something unusual & magnificent. great spotting

Elizabeth Colley
Elizabeth Colley 8 years ago

Amazing! What a wonderful opportunity you have in your job, to take these incredible photos - nice work!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Yuko :)

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Beautiful!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Maria and Wendy :)

MariaPomsaharova
MariaPomsaharova 8 years ago

the cuttest! love the photos.

Stunning!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 6, 2012
Submitted on Sep 6, 2012

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