PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Apsolidium densum O'Loughlin & O'Hara, 1992

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles small scales, thick knobbed perforated buttons, and cups lacking branches across the rim. Up to 40 mm long, thick calcareous body wall, short upturned oral and anal extensions, distinct ventral sole with wide rows of tube feet, off-white colour with some grey flecking.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Holothuroidea
Order:
Dendrochirotida
Family:
Cucumariidae
Genus:
Apsolidium
Species:
densum

General Description

Body with a thick calcareous outer wall, off-white colour with some grey flecking. Short upturned oral (mouth) and anal extensions. Distinct ventral sole with wide rows of tube feet. Up to 4 cm long.

Biology

Little is known about the biology of this species. Only a few specimens have been found to date, at Apollo Bay and Flinders.

Habitat

Ocean rock platforms, to depth of at least 2 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Victoria at Apollo Bay and Flinders.

Species Group

Sea cucumbers

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

4 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Vulnerable
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author O'Loughlin, P. M.

Mark O'Loughlin is an Honorary Associate in marine invertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
O'Loughlin, P. M., 2011, Sea Cucumber, Apsolidium densum, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4686

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