Flamingo tongue

Flamingo tongue
Flamingo tongue
Phylum Mollusca (snails, nudibranchs, bivalves, squid & octopus)
Cyphoma gibbosum
0 to 100+ ft
Small and oval shaped, the shell of the flamingo tongue has a central ridge which resembles the knuckle of a finger. The shell is cream to white in color, however a highly patterned mantle with leopard-like spots usually covers the shell. The flamingo tongue is very sensitive and will withdraw this colorful mantle when disturbed. Flamingo tongues are common throughout the Caribbean, usually inhabiting purple sea fans and gorgonians on which they feed.

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