PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Rowedota shepherdi (Rowe, 1976)

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles wheels with teeth around the rim in six discontinuous groups, and S-shaped hooks. Wheels occur in five bands between the longitudinal muscles, hooks are scattered evenly through the body wall. Thick worm-like, up to 80 mm long, soft body, lacking tube feet, tentacles with 3 pairs of digits, black.

Taxonomy

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

General Description

Body soft, thick and worm-like. No tube feet. Tentacles black with 3 pairs of digits. Up to 8 cm long.

Biology

This species has a break in its distribution from eastern Victoria to South Australia, a characteristic that has been observed in other marine invertebrate species and is thought to relate to Bass Strait being a land bridge with Tasmania in the past.

Habitat

In sand and other sediment in seagrass beds, to depth of at least 2 m.

Seagrass meadows

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

South Australia and in Victoria at Corner Inlet and Nooramunga.

Species Group

Sea cucumbers

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

8 cm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Vulnerable
  • 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 shepherdi, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 15 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4717

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