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Phylum Echinodermata > Class Holothuroidea
Tiny red sea cucumber
awaiting identification*
Family Cucumariidae
updated Jan 14
Where seen? This tiny sea cucumbers were common on Chek Jawa and Tuas, in groups of many individuals, sometimes thickly 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. Tiny long white tube feet emerge along the body length, and are used to cling to the surface, while long branched feeding tentacles emerge from the mouth.

Chek Jawa, Aug 02

Chek Jawa, May 05

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

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

Photos of Tiny red sea cucumbers for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


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

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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