PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Apsolidium handrecki O'Loughlin & O'Hara, 1992

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles small scales, knobbed perforated buttons, and fine-rimmed deep cups lacking branches across the rim. Up to 20 mm long, thin calcareous body wall, short upturned oral and anal extensions, distinct ventral sole with wide row of tube feet around the periphery, dark grey colour dorsally and laterally created by close brown-black flecking.

Taxonomy

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

General Description

Body with thin calcareous outer wall. Short upturned oral (mouth) and anal extensions. Flat sole on ventral side (underneath) with wide row of tube feet around the edge. Dark grey appearance dorsally and laterally, created by dense brown-black flecking. Up to 2 cm long.

Biology

This species was named in honour of the late Clarrie Handreck, for many years the inspirational leader of the Marine Research Group of Victoria.

Habitat

Under surface of rocks, often covered with detrital matter, to depth of at least 2 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern Australia, including western and central Victoria.

Species Group

Sea cucumbers

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 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 handrecki, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4688

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