Cyphoma alleneae

Cate, 1973

This is not nudibranch or sea slug

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Cyphoma alleneae from Varadero, Cuba
Identification verified by Felix Lorenz

Identification is verified by Felix Lorenz, Nudi Pixel expert

Comment from Felix Lorenz: Third time ever that this species was photographed. The photographer should have kept the shell, only one specimen known (the holotype) in the Los Angeles County Museum.

Photographer's notes: Found in some quantity whilst diving around the Varadero peninsula. I have other photos, one showing what may be one of these laying some small, purple, obling eggs, but that could as easily be waste excretion. Any help to identify would be great as the closest I can get to looks is a Jorunna of some sort (?)

Additional photographer's note: I have identified it. It is not a slug, but a snail! Sorry if I have caused you any work. It is called the Flamingo Tongue Snail and is essentially a Cowrie. The colourful shell is actually a fleshy mantle that it uses for oxygen transfer and to advertise that it tastes bad, so whilst many people apparently take them home expecting a nice shell, the shell is actually white/yellow and very plain.

Location:Varadero, Cuba
Photographer:Mark Wilson
Camera:Unknown Unknown › View EXIF properties
Taken on:August 19, 2007
Viewed:1803 times
Posted:10 years ago
Updated:8 years ago

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Scientific Classification

Species:Cyphoma alleneae