PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Plesiocolochirus ignava (Ludwig, 1875)

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles are scales and knobbed perforated plates and cups. Up to about 30 mm long, calcareous and hard, rectangular box-like, multi-coloured with white, mauve, brown, purple and always orange markings.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Holothuroidea
Order:
Dendrochirotida
Family:
Cucumariidae
Genus:
Plesiocolochirus
Species:
ignava

General Description

Body rectangular, calcareous and hard, multi-coloured with white, mauve, brown, purple and always orange markings. Up to 3 cm long.

Biology

Juveniles of this species are frequently found among algae, while adults occur on the under surface of rocks. A sister species from the same genus occurs across northern Australia.

Habitat

On seaweed and the under surface of rocks, to depth of at least 65 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Sea cucumbers

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

3 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 1642

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, Plesiocolochirus ignava, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 27 Jun 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4708

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