Fine art illustration of a Flamingo Tongue Snail. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The Flamingo Tongue Snail was completed on 12.19.2014. A few years ago I saw a photo of this gastropod and considered drawing one at the time. When putting a collage together recently that featured some of the marine animals native to the Caribbean Ocean, I realized I hadn't included a snail. Then I recalled this snail and decided to add it to the image library.
The Flamingo Tongue Snail is a marine gastropod member of the family Ovulidae. It lives in the sub-tidal zones of the Caribbean and South Atlantic Oceans. They are fairly small - only about 1 inch long. Unlike nudibranchs, flamingo tongue snails have a shell; however, the shell is typically not visible in living animals due to the mantle flesh covering it. When alive, the snail appears yellow-orange with irregular shaped spots ringed in black. However, the mantle can be retracted, exposing the shell. This snail is extremely over-collected and this has led to called for it to be protected.