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Flamingo Tongue Snail


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  1. Flamingo Tongue Snail Flamingo Tongue Snail

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    Type: Snail
    Scientific Name: Cyphoma gibbosum
    Color: White
    Reef Safe: with caution
    Care Level: Moderate
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    PARRISH, FL1
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    Jim
     

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    The flamingo tongue snail, scientific name Cyphoma gibbosum, is a species of small but brightly colored sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Ovulidae, the cowry allies. Although the live animal is brightly colored, that color is only in the soft parts; the shell itself is plain white.
    The flamingo feeds by browsing on the living tissues of the soft corals on which it lives. Common prey include Briareum spp., Gorgonia spp., Plexaura spp., and Plexaurella spp. Adult female C. gibbosum attach eggs to coral which they have recently fed upon. After roughly a week and a half, the larvae hatch. They are planktonic and eventually settle onto other gorgonian corals. Juveniles tend to remain on the underside of coral branches while adults are far more visible and mobile. Adults scrape the polyps off the coral with their radula, leaving an easily visible feeding scar on the coral. However, the corals can regrow the polyps, and therefore predation by C. gibbosum is generally not lethal.
    Must have Gorgonian in tank for it to feed on in order to survive.



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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    Those are pretty cool...do they feed on any gorgonians?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsflies View Post
    Those are pretty cool...do they feed on any gorgonians?
    Kind a looks like that's what it's doin-lol
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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    Quote Originally Posted by MizTanks View Post
    Kind a looks like that's what it's doin-lol
    I mean as opposed to just certain species of gorgs...

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    Default flamingo tongue prey

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    The flamingo feeds by browsing on the living tissues of the soft corals on which it lives. Common prey include Briareum spp., Gorgonia spp., Plexaura spp., and Plexaurella spp. Adult female C. gibbosum attach eggs to coral which they have recently fed upon. After roughly a week and a half, the larvae hatch. They are planktonic and eventually settle onto other gorgonian corals. Juveniles tend to remain on the underside of coral branches while adults are far more visible and mobile. Adults scrape the polyps off the coral with their radula, leaving an easily visible feeding scar on the coral. However, the corals can regrow the polyps, and therefore predation by C. gibbosum is generally not lethal.
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