Black long sea cucumber. Holothuria leucospilota. Family Holothuriidae updated Oct Where seen? This large long black sea cucumber is seen on many of. Description, classification, synonyms, distribution map and images of Holothuria leucospilota. Descriptions and articles about the Lollyfish Sea Cucumber, scientifically known as Holothuria leucospilota in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; D.

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A small one about 10cm long. John’s Island, Jan Often several under a rock.

Terumbu Selegie, Jun Lazarus Island, Apr Labrador, Aug 17 Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook. This large long black sea cucumber is seen on many of our shores, and is particularly common on many of our reefy Southern shores.

The long animal usually hides most of its body under large boulders or rocks.

holotjuria Elsewhere, can be common and abundant in reefs, seagrass meadows, sandy and muddy bottoms with rubble or reefs. Usually about cm, it can lengthen to about 1m long. Body cylindrical and long with short tube feet all over the body. The entire animal is uniformly very dark brown or maroon to black.


When threatened, it can eject sticky white threads called Cuvierian tubules from its backside. These entangle the disturber. What does it eat?

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It gathers edible bits from the surface using its 20 long feeding tentacles that have bushy sticky tips. Most of the body is usually wedged under rocks or crevices with only the front end extended out and the mouth facing downwards. It swallows much sand in the process of eating. This is undigested and defecated. Larger individuals that live in deeper water or outer reefs reproduce sexually, while smaller leuckspilota in shallower waters may reproduce by division transversal fission.

This sea cucumber does not have high commercial value and is not harvested for the food trade nor live aquarium trade, because of its thin skin and tendency to produce Cuvierian tubules when leucospilots.

But there seems to be many holothhria investigating their biochemical properties. This sea cucumber leucosplota listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the Red List of threatened animals in Singapore. Although globally, according to the FAO, “it has one of the broadest distributions of all holothurians, and it can be found in most tropical localities in the western central Pacific, Asia and most Indian Ocean regions”.


Black long sea cucumbers on Singapore shores. Photos of Black long sea cucumbers for free download from wildsingapore flickr.

Black long sea cucumbers (Holothuria leucospilota) on the Shores of Singapore

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore holothuriz map. Links Holothuria leucospilota Aspidochirotida: Holothuria leucospilota on Commercially important sea cucumbers of the worldby Steven W. References Lane, David J. Ng and Ho Hua Chew, The Singapore Red Data Book: Threatened plants and animals of Singapore.

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Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific: Animal life from Africa to Hawaii exclusive of the vertebrates Sea Challengers. Allen, Gerald R and Roger Steene. Want to share your sightings?