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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Holothuroidea
Beige sea cucumber
Holothuria albiventer*
Family Holothuriidae
updated Apr 2020

Where seen? This unassuming sea cucumber is sometimes seen on our Northern shores, among seagrasses.

Features: 6-12cm long. Body cylindrical, spindle-shaped (pointed at both ends) with a distinct upperside and underside. Underside is flat with rows of short tube feet. The sea cucumber appears to be but is not actually covered in sediments! Its body colour often matches the colour and texture of the surrounding sediments; beige with tiny darker speckles. In some, when at rest and relaxed, dark blotches that are regularly spaced can be seen along the body length.
Feeding tentacles pale with bushy tips.

Indistinct dark blotches along the body length.
Changi, Jul 12

Many soft conical projections.

Flattened underside with rows of stubby tube feet.

Feeding tentacles.
Changi, Jul 12

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display

Beige sea cucumbers on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

East Coast-Marina Bay, Oct 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

East Coast PCN, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Seringat-Kias, Aug 15
Photo shared by Neo Mei Lin on her blog.

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Jun 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Seringat-Kias, Nov 14
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

Berlayar Creek, Nov 17
Photo shared by Chris Wong on facebook.

Pulau Semakau, Aug 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Links References
  • Ong J. Y. & H. P. S. Wong. Sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) from the Johor Straits, Singapore. 10 July 2015. The Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey: Johor Straits International Workshop (2012) The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2015 Supplement No. 31, Pp. 273-291.
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