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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Holothuroidea > Order Apodida > Family Synaptidae
Sponge synaptid sea cucumber
awaiting identification*
Family Synaptidae
updated Jan 14
Where seen? This thin synaptid sea cucumber is commonly seen in groups on all kinds of sponges on many of our Northern shores, such as purple branched sponges as well as on melted chocolate sponges.

Features: About 5-8cm long, long thin body with regular bumps along the body, and short feathery feeding tentacles. Colours white, pink, purple (ranging from lilac to mauve and deep purple). Some with stripes.

Sometimes mistaken for worms. Here's more on how to tell apart worm-like animals.

Chek Jawa, Jul 05

Chek Jawa, May 04

Chek Jawa, Aug 05

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.

On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display

Sponge synaptid sea cucumbers on Singapore shores

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