Flamingo Tongue

Flamingo Tongue Cowrie (Cyphoma Gibbosum)
Flamingo Tongue Cowrie
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Family: Ovulidae

Genus: Cyphoma
Species: C. gibbosum
Scientific Name: 

Cyphoma Gibbosum

The Flamingo Tongue Cowrie is the most common of several species in the genus which lives in the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to northern coast of Brazil. When it is alive, the snail appears bright orange-yellow in color with black markings. However, these colors are not in the shell, but are only due to live mantle tissue which usually cover the shell. The mantle flaps can be retracted, exposing the shell, but this usually happens only when the animal is attacked..

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