Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

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

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

18 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Seema indeed :)

Seema
Seema 10 years ago

as if painted

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Marie :)

Marie Cuenca
Marie Cuenca 10 years ago

Wow!! Great spotting! :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Yasser and Jason :)

Yasser
Yasser 10 years ago

Beautiful!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 10 years ago

Amazing!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Christy :)

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 10 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Zulkifly :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks so much Elizabeth :)

Zulkifly Amir
Zulkifly Amir 10 years ago

now thats something unusual & magnificent. great spotting

Elizabeth Colley
Elizabeth Colley 10 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Yuko :)

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Beautiful!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Maria and Wendy :)

MariaPomsaharova
MariaPomsaharova 10 years ago

the cuttest! love the photos.

Wendy Sherratt Hogan
Wendy Sherratt Hogan 10 years ago

Stunning!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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

Related Spottings

Flamingo tongue snail Flamingo Tongue Snail purple sea fan Flamingo Tongue

Nearby Spottings

Sand Tilefish Dasher Beach Almond Slim Mexican Mantis
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team