warty sea cucumber
bright pink and yellow sea cucumber is sometimes seen on our Northern
shores. Among seagrasses, clinging to tubeworm
tubes or other hard surfaces, sometimes half buried in sediments.
Features: 6- 8cm long. Body
short, somewhat angular in cross section. It has an underside with
three rows of tiny tube feet. The upper side has pink warty bumps
on a pink or yellow background. At low tide, it is usually hard to
find one that will extend its colourful branched feeding tentacles.
mistaken forthe Thorny
sea cucumber (Colochirus quadrangularis) which looks similar and is found in the same habitat. The thorny sea
cucumber is more commonly encountered, has soft conical projections
and is more red than pink.
Chek Jawa, Oct 07
Changi, Jul 12
Underside with three rows of tube feet.
warty sea cucumbers on Singapore shores
on SeaLife Base: Technical fact sheet.
anceps in North Australian Sea Cucumbers on the Marine
Species Identification Portal: Technical fact sheet.
- Lane, David
J.W. and Didier Vandenspiegel. 2003. A
Guide to Sea Stars and Other Echinoderms of Singapore.
Singapore Science Centre. 187pp.