PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Chiridota gigas Dendy & Hindle, 1907

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles wheels with continuous teeth around the inner rim, and bracket-shaped rods. Wheels are in clusters that create the white spots. Large worm-like, up to 250 mm long, soft body, lacking tube feet, orange, pink or red with conspicuous white spots.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Holothuroidea
Order:
Apodida
Family:
Chiridotidae
Genus:
Chiridota
Species:
gigas

General Description

Body large and worm-like. No tube feet. Orange, pink or red with conspicuous white spots. Up to 25 cm long.

Biology

Like a few other holothuroid species on the coast of Victoria, this species occurs also in New Zealand where it was originally described and named.

Habitat

In sand and other sediment under and near rocks, to depth of at least 2 m.

Reefs

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

New Zealand and south-eastern Australia, excluding Tasmania.

Species Group

Sea cucumbers

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

25 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

MoV 1863

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • 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, Chiridota gigas, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4693

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