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Flamingo Tongue Snail

Cyphoma gibbosum

Description:

Photo take at -40 ft on a coral reef , this small snail is feeding on a sea rod gorgonia, actually they are 3 of them as is possible to see on the 3 th photocan be observed attached 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 mostly on gorgonias from Florida all the Caribbean sea to north Brazil.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Dec 11, 2012
Submitted on Dec 11, 2012

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