Caterpillar Sea Cucumber (Actinopyga capillata)

Also known as Hairy Feet Sea Cucumber, Hairy Foot Sea Cucumber, Hairy Sea Cucumber

Description

Also known as Hairy Feet Sea Cucumber, Hairy Foot Sea Cucumber, Hairy Sea Cucumber.

Found singly over shallow rubble and sand drop-offs and reef slopes. This sea cucumber is different from others of this type with its long thin hairy feet.
They feed nocturnally on plankton.
Length - ?cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Some sea cucumbers crawl around on the bottom slowly filtering sand through their tentacles to gather food, while others spread their tentacles above them to capture plankton. A number of sea cucumbers feed nocturnally while others feed by day.
There are sea cucumbers that hardly move while others are more active often perching on tall sponges to feed.
Sea cucumbers often attract hitch-hikers like shrimps and crabs that crawl over their skin, also pearlfish that enter via their anus.
As a means of defence sea cucumbers can expel their intestines or respiratory organs in the form of sticky threads, but these can quickly regenerate.
Juveniles often mimic sea slugs.
Some types of sea cucumbers are edible and considered a delicacy in the Far East countries. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinopyga_capillata

1 comment

  1. Posted by Kalia
    July 06, 2014 at 09:20 am - 1 person found this useful.

    We found one in this type of rock pool thing and looks like one of these

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