PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Cucumber 

Rowedota allani (Joshua, 1912)

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Scientific Details

Body wall ossicles wheels with teeth around the rim in six discontinuous groups, and S-shaped hooks. Small, worm-like, up to 80 mm long, thin soft body wall, lacking tube feet, tentacles with four pairs of digits, live colour carmine and blood red, not flecked.

Taxonomy

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

General Description

Body small and worm-like with thin soft body wall. No tube feet. Live colour is deep purple-red (carmine) and blood red, not flecked. Tentacles with four pairs of digits. Up to 8 cm long.

Biology

In 2007 this species was distinguished as two separate species. As a result, many specimens that had been identified as this species have now been renamed, being classified under the new species. The remaining true specimens of this species are confirmed only for the deep sediments of Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait.

Habitat

Sediments in deep water, to depth of at least 2 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Port Phillip in Victoria.

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 : 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 allani, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4852

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