Tag: Variegated Sea Cucumber (Stichopus Variegatus)

The Variegated Sea Cucumber (Stichopus Variegatus) appears to be one of the more common and widespread members of the Sea Cucumber (Holothuroidea) family, although in local waters it is not found in great numbers.

It is also one of the species most frequently collected or farmed for human consumption and in some areas is even known as the Curryfish.

Growing to a maximum length of around 30cm, the Variegated Sea Cucumber conforms to one the classic Sea Cucumber forms, being slightly square-shaped in cross section, having uneven, bumpy skin and being not particularly appealing to look at!

The body has a segmented appearance and the colouration can vary greatly from yellow, to olive green, to a pale grey.

The Variegated Sea Cucumber (Stichopus Variegatus) appears to be one of the more common and widespread members of the Sea Cucumber (Holothuroidea) family, although in local waters it is not found in great numbers.

It is also one of the species most frequently collected or farmed for human consumption and in some areas is even known as the Curryfish.

Growing to a maximum length of around 30cm, the Variegated Sea Cucumber conforms to one the classic Sea Cucumber forms, being slightly square-shaped in cross section, having uneven, bumpy skin and being not particularly appealing to look at!

The body has a segmented appearance and the colouration can vary greatly from yellow, to olive green, to a pale grey.

Alan's picture
Variegated Sea Cucumber (Stichopus Variegatus)

This photograph of a Variegated Sea Cucumber (Stichopus Variegatus) was taken at Sail Rock, at a depth of around 25m.
The light was pretty poor so the photograph isn't the best, but it shows quite clearly the characteristics of this species.