PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Neoamphicyclus mutans (Joshua, 1914)

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles are abundant tables, predominantly with three larger disc perforations, and three-pillared spire with spinous tip that projects from the body surface. Up to about 70 mm long, soft banana-shaped, violet-grey to blue-grey, usually with a purple colouration that becomes more noticeable with alcohol preservation, darker oral and anal ends.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Holothuroidea
Order:
Dendrochirotida
Family:
Cucumariidae
Genus:
Neoamphicyclus
Species:
mutans

General Description

Body soft, banana-shaped, violet-grey to blue-grey, usually with a purple colouration and darker oral and anal ends. Up to 7 cm long.

Biology

This species lives concealed in sediment under rocks and is difficult to find.

Habitat

In sand and other sediment under rocks, to depth of at least 6 m.

Reefs

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Southern Australia, including 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

7 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, Neoamphicyclus mutans, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4849

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