warty sea cucumber
small psychedelic sea cucumber is common our Northern
shores. It appears to be seasonally abundant.
There are times where many individuals are seen, jammed next to one
another. At other times, few are seen, widely separated from one another. Among seagrasses, clinging to tubeworm
tubes, fan clam shells or other hard surfaces, sometimes half buried in sediments.
Features: 6- 8cm long. Body short, squarish or quadrangular in cross-section with a distinct
upperside and underside. Underside is flat with three rows of tiny short pink tube feet emerging from pink stripes. Upper side bright yellow with rounded (not pointed)
warty bumps. Usually two bright pink irregular stripes along the sides with scattered bright pink spots/blotches. Feeding tentacles, dark red at the base, base colour bright yellow or white covered with bright yellow spots/blotches and tiny red speckles, branched tips white or translucent. Anus is surrounded by five tiny teeth-like structures.
mistaken for the Thorny
sea cucumber which looks similar and is found in the same habitat often next to the Pink warty sea cucumber. The Thorny sea
cucumber has soft conical projections
and is more red than pink and seldom has yellow on its body.
Changi, May 14
Colourful feeding tentacles.
Changi, Jul 12
Underside with three rows of tube feet.
Anus surrounding by five tiny 'teeth'.
warty sea cucumbers on Singapore shores
|Other sightings on Singapore shores
Changi Lost Coast, Jun 22
shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.
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.