PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Lipotrapeza vestiens (Joshua, 1914)

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Lacking body wall ossicles, except in small juveniles where there are tables. Up to about 120 mm long, thick sausage-shape, soft body covered with tube feet, reddish-brown to white.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Holothuroidea
Order:
Dendrochirotida
Family:
Phyllophoridae
Genus:
Lipotrapeza
Species:
vestiens

General Description

Body thick and sausage-shape, soft, covered with tube feet, reddish-brown to white. Adults lacking body wall ossicles. Up to 12 cm long.

Biology

This species frequently extrudes its intestine when disturbed, which then regenerates. They often have a covering of small stones and pieces of plant and shell attached around the body for camouflage.

Habitat

Buried in sand under rocks, to depth of at least 12 m.

Reefs

Soft substrates

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

12 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 1864

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, Lipotrapeza vestiens, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 30 May 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4696

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