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Flamingo Tongue Snail

Cyphoma gibbosum

Description:

Photo take at -30 ft on a coral reef, This beauty is moving on a gorgonia which is its favorite food as well. It is about 3 cm long and can 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.

Habitat:

Found on shallow waters coral reefs from Florida all the Caribbean sea to Brazil

Notes:

This snail is extremely over-collected and must be protected.

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10 Comments

ChrisP
ChrisP 7 years ago

Excellent photos!..they are nice to spot on the Akumal reef as well

ChrisP
ChrisP 7 years ago

Excellent photos!..they are nice to spot on the Akumal reef as well

Jellyfishnebula
Jellyfishnebula 8 years ago

Now that's just awesome!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks António always a pleasure :)

Beautiful series gerardo,congrats and thanks for sharing

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Thanks Luis, Yuko, Adarsha and Nuwan :)

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Very beautiful!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Great series Gerardo!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Superb spotting!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

beautiful !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Spotted on Dec 17, 2012
Submitted on Dec 17, 2012

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