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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Holothuroidea
Brown sea cucumber
Bohadschia vitiensis*
Family Holothuriidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This sea cucumber is sometimes seen on Cyrene Reef among the seagrasses. Elsewhere, it is found in shallow sheltered lagoons on sand and sometimes among rubble and coral patches. Some consider Bohadschia similis and Bohadschia vitiensis to be the same.

Features: 15-30cm long. Body oval, usually yellowish with lots of little brown spots and tiny dark tube feet, and 20 short yellowish feeding tentacles with bushy tips. It tends to remain buried in sand during the day and only emerges at dusk. When disturbed, even slightly, it releases sticky white cylindrical tubes called Cuvierian tubules.

Human uses: It is sometimes harvested together with other edible sea cucumbers, by hand collecting and free diving, sometimes using lead bombs. But the Cuvierian tubules make them 'disagreeable' and they do not have a high commercial value. It is considered a delicacy and protein component in traditional diets or eaten in times of hardship.


Cyrene Reef, Dec 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Cyrene Reef, Jul 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Feeding tentacles around the mouth.

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

Brown sea cucumbers on Singapore shores

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Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Chek Jawa, Jam 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Cyrene Reef, Jul 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.



Pulau Semakau South, Feb 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Semakau South, Jul 15
Photo shared by Heng Pei Yan on facebook.

Cyrene Reef, Aug 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Cyrene Reef, Dec 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Cyrene Reef, Dec 09




Cyrene Reef, Jun 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Cyrene Reef, May 08
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Cyrene Reef, Jul 14

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.



Cyrene Reef, Aug 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Links

References

  • Lane, David J.W. and Didier Vandenspiegel. 2003. A Guide to Sea Stars and Other Echinoderms of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 187pp.
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