Tag: Godeffroy's Sea Cucumber (Euapta Godeffroyi)

The Godeffroy's Sea Cucumber (Euapta Godeffroyi) belongs to the sub-family often referred to as Medusa Worms (Synaptidae), which are common and somewhat strange looking members of the Sea Cucumber (Holothuroidea) class.

They have a more worm-like, long, slender body, unlike many other local species of Sea Cucumber, which tend to be shorter and fatter.

The retractable feeding tentacles are very prominent at the front of the body. The body itself has a segmented appearance and is usually pale or brownish in colour.

They are one of the closely related species often found feeding off the algae which accumulates on the surface of Barrel Sponges (Xestospongia Testudinaria).

Although most references state a maximum length of around 60cm, i have seen and photographed an individual which was considerably larger, in the sediment at Chaloklum Bay.

The Godeffroy's Sea Cucumber (Euapta Godeffroyi) belongs to the sub-family often referred to as Medusa Worms (Synaptidae), which are common and somewhat strange looking members of the Sea Cucumber (Holothuroidea) class.

They have a more worm-like, long, slender body, unlike many other local species of Sea Cucumber, which tend to be shorter and fatter.

The retractable feeding tentacles are very prominent at the front of the body. The body itself has a segmented appearance and is usually pale or brownish in colour.

They are one of the closely related species often found feeding off the algae which accumulates on the surface of Barrel Sponges (Xestospongia Testudinaria).

Although most references state a maximum length of around 60cm, i have seen and photographed an individual which was considerably larger, in the sediment at Chaloklum Bay.

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Godeffroy's Sea Cucumber (Euapta Godeffroyi)

The Godeffroy's Sea Cucumber (Euapta Godeffroyi) is one of a number of related species of Sea Cucumber that are often found clinging to Barrel Sponges (Xestospongia Testudinaria).
These large sponges are often covered in a layer of algae, which is one of the main food sources of the Godeffroy's Sea Cucumber.