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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Holothuroidea
Tiny red sea cucumber
awating identification*
Family Cucumariidae
updated Apr 2020
Where seen? This tiny sea cucumbers are sometimes seen on our Northern shores. In groups of many individuals, densely carpeting a few square metres. They settle on seaweeds and coral rubble areas, clinging to sponges, seaweeds, even other larger sea cucumbers and encrusting organisms covering the coral rubble.

Features: About 1cm or shorter. Often mistaken for worms, each has all the features that bigger sea cucumbers have. Body bright red, squarish or quadrangular in cross-section, backside tip translucent white. Tiny tube feet, very long, white. Feeding tentacles dark at the base becoming yellowish at tips, branched tips translucent white.

Chek Jawa, Jun 05

Chek Jawa, May 05

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

Tiny red sea cucumbers on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Jun 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

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

Pulau Sekudu, Jul 19
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

  • 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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