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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Holothuroidea
Plasticky sea cucumber
Cladolabes hamatus*
Family Sclerodactylidae
updated Apr 2020

Where seen? This large stiff sea cucumber feels rather plasticky. It is sometimes seen on our Northern shores half buried in silty sand among seagrasses.

Features: 6-12cm long. Body rounded, usually U-shaped when just dug up, hard and stiff, smooth. Colour pale bluish or greyish with irregular darker blotchy lines along the body length. Evenly covered with lots of short stiff conical smooth tube feet with bright orange or yellow tips. Feeding tentacles thin bushy.

Half buried in silty sand.
Changi, May 11

Changi, Jul 10

Tube feet short, stiff, conical with orange tips.

Plasticky sea cucumbers on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Aug 16
Photo shared by Lisa Lim on facebook.

Changi, Sep 18
Photo shared by Dayna Cheah on facebook.

Changi Carpark 6, May 21
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Changi Carpark 1, Jul 23
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Changi, Jun 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Beting Bronok, Jul 20
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.

Beting Bronok, Jul 23
Photo shared by Kelvin Yong on facebook.

Beting Bronok, Jul 19
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

East Coast Park, May 16
Photo shared by Ywee Chieh on facebook.

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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