Tag: Medusa Worm (Synaptula Lamperti)

"Medusa Worm" is actually a term given to members of sub-class (Apodacea), which is one of the three of the sub-classes emanating from the Sea Cucumber family (Holothuroidea).

Although many species of Medusa Worm are virtually indistinguishable from each other Synaptula Lamperti is one which may be identified by the presence of thin, dark stripes running the full length of its pale/white-ish body.

This species feeds on algae and other organic matter and can often be found in large numbers on the surface of Barrel Sponges (Xestospongia Testudinaria).

"Medusa Worm" is actually a term given to members of sub-class (Apodacea), which is one of the three of the sub-classes emanating from the Sea Cucumber family (Holothuroidea).

Although many species of Medusa Worm are virtually indistinguishable from each other Synaptula Lamperti is one which may be identified by the presence of thin, dark stripes running the full length of its pale/white-ish body.

This species feeds on algae and other organic matter and can often be found in large numbers on the surface of Barrel Sponges (Xestospongia Testudinaria).

Alan's picture
Warty Sea Cucumber (Cercodemas Anceps), Black Sea Cucumber (Holothuria Atra), Medusa Worms (Synaptula Lamperti)

This Warty Sea Cucumber (Cercodemas Anceps) was photographed under Chaloklum Pier, Koh Phangan (one of the best places to find one) and was obviously feeding at the time as its colourful "retractable feeding tentacles" are fully extended.