Long one of my favorite monsters if only for its unique language, in an upcoming adventure I finally get to run an encounter with a neh-thalggu (EL 206–8). However, the creature is not without issues. Normally, a brain collector is incorporeal—and with that inevitably comes a certain amount of confusion and conflict—, yet what's worse is that the neh-thalggu has the (apparently natural) ability manifest maw that says
Though it is an incorporeal creature, a neh-thalggu can manifest its mouth in corporeal form as a standard action. While so manifested, the mouth can deliver bite attacks against corporeal creatures or pick up objects. The mouth bites as if it had Str 35. (208)
So, while the creature's maw is manifested, can foes make attacks normally against the neh-thalggu? Or, because the text leaves such an option unavailable, the manifested maw enjoys the same resistance to corporeal effects as the remainder of the still-largely-incorporeal creature?
Note: The neh-thalggu debuted in Castle Amber (1981) about which I have asked several questions. Worry not about the PCs! This DM is wise enough to tone down this epic creature so that it's an appropriate challenge for the nonepic PCs. The language Neh-thalggu, for the curious, "is a silent sign language 'spoken' with [the neh-thalggu's] writhing head-tentacles."