PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Psolidium ravum Hickman, 1962

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Up to about 40 mm long, oval to elongate, dorsal and lateral body covered with thick scales that are perforated for tube feet, ventral sole thin, soft, with peripheral band and mid-ventral series of tube feet. Brownish-grey to grey to off-white in colour.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Holothuroidea
Order:
Dendrochirotida
Family:
Psolidae
Genus:
Psolidium
Species:
ravum

General Description

Body oval to elongate, dorsal and lateral body covered with thick scales that are perforated for tube feet. Flat sole on ventral side (underneath) with peripheral band and mid-ventral series of tube feet. Grey to brown-grey to off-white in colour. Up to 4 cm long.

Biology

This species often firmly adheres to rocks, covered with a camouflage of detritus.

Habitat

Attached to rocks, to depth of at least 10 m.

Reefs

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

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 : 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, Psolidium ravum, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4710

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