PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Rowedota epiphyka (O'Loughlin, 2007)

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles wheels with teeth around the rim in six discontinuous groups, and S-shaped hooks. Worm-like, small, up to about 20 mm long, thin soft body wall, lacking tube feet, tentacles with three pairs of digits, white with dark purple or black flecks or broken bands.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Holothuroidea
Order:
Apodida
Family:
Chiridotidae
Genus:
Rowedota
Species:
epiphyka

General Description

Body small and worm-like. No tube feet. White with dark purple or black flecks or broken bands. Tentacles with 3 pairs of digits. Up to 2 cm long.

Biology

This little species is readily seen, usually being locally abundant on algal fronds where they look like "gelatinous blobs".

Habitat

Amongst seaweed fronds, to depth of at least 2 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

Southern Australia, including western and central Victoria.

Species Group

Sea cucumbers

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 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, Rowedota epiphyka, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4716

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