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Flamingo Tongue

This a a small (about 1 - 1.5") cowry indigenous only to the Caribbean. The spots are on its 'mantle' - a thin membrane the animal uses to camoulflage itself. When the mantle is retracted, the shell is automatically polished - the reason why cowrys the world over are quite shiney. this creature is 'hiding' on a fan coral. Flamingo Tongue Cowry

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Anonymous Guest 08 Jan 2011

Wow! Amazing colors!

Loredana 17 Apr 2006

I am getting lost for words :)

thea walstra 15 Jul 2004

It is a little wonder that tongue. Great photograph.

andree lerat 15 Jul 2004

SO ALIEN. WE HAVE NO IDEA, WHEN WE SWIM IN THE OCEAN OF IN ANY WATER, WHAT LIVES BELOW OUR BODIES. THANK GOD, MOSTLY THEY CANNOT REACH US OR THEY ARE HARMLESS TO US. BUT I AM NOT SURPRISED THAT THIS IS A WEIRD CREATURE.

Maria Madrid 15 Jul 2004

great contrast.. I really like the colors