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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Holothuroidea
Pink warty sea cucumber
Cercodemas anceps
Family Cucumariidae
updated Jan 14
Where seen? This 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.

Sometimes 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.

Pink warty sea cucumbers on Singapore shores

Photos of Pink warty sea cucumbers for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Links

  • Cercodemas anceps on SeaLife Base: Technical fact sheet.
  • Pentacta anceps in North Australian Sea Cucumbers on the Marine Species Identification Portal: Technical fact sheet.

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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