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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Holothuroidea
Purple sea cucumber
awaiting identification*

Family Cucumariidae

updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This striking sea cucumber is sometimes seen on our Northern shores. It may be buried in soft silty sand or attached to seagrasses and seaweeds or to coral rubble.

Features: About 8-12cm long. Body angular, usually long and narrow. Long thin tube feet in rows along the length. Generally a uniform shade of purple, sometimes with alternating darker and lighter purple stripes along the length. The feeding tentacles are transparent sometimes speckled with black. The branches of the feeding tentacles have black tips.

Tuas, Jun 05

Chek Jawa, Jan 03

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

Purple sea cucumbers on Singapore shores

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Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


East Coast, May 08
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Ubin, Dec 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Sentosa Serapong, Jul 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Siloso, May 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his blog.

Terumbu Raya, May 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.


Cyrene Reef, Jun 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Cyrene Reef, May 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.


Pulau Semakau, Oct 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Pulau Tekukor, May 10
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.


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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