PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Taeniogyrus papillis O'Loughlin, 2007

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Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles wheels with continuous teeth around the rim, and S-shaped hooks. Worm-like, up to 60 mm long, thin soft body wall lacking tube feet but covered with distinctive small dark red domed soft papillae (species name papillis).

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Holothuroidea
Order:
Apodida
Family:
Chiridotidae
Genus:
Taeniogyrus
Species:
papillis

General Description

Body soft, worm-like. No tube feet. Covered with distinctive small dark red domed soft mounds (papillae). Up to 6 cm long.

Biology

This species' scientific name reflects the many distinctive red domes covering its surface, called papillae. The continuous series of teeth-like projections around the inner rim of the microscopic wheel ossicles embedded in the body wall distinguishes it from other closely related groups.

Habitat

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

Reefs

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

South-eastern South Australia, and 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

6 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 1776

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, Taeniogyrus papillis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4713

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