Elephant Trunkfish (Holothuria fuscopunctata)

Also known as Black-banded Sea Cucumber, Brown-spotted Sea Cucumber, Creased Cucumber, Curry Fish, Elephant Fish, Elephant Sea Cucumber, Elephant Trunkfish Sea Cucumber, Elephant's Trunkfish, Sand Fish, Tripang

Description

Also known as Black-banded Sea Cucumber, Brown-spotted Sea Cucumber, Creased Cucumber, Curry Fish, Elephant Fish, Elephant Sea Cucumber, Elephant Trunkfish Sea Cucumber, Elephant's Trunkfish, Sand Fish, Tripang.

Found on coarse rubble, sand and in seagrass beds over lagoons and reef slopes.
They feed on organic matter.
Length - 70cm
Depth - 0-25m
Widespread Indo-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. (edit) Ref: https://www.sealifebase.ca/summary/Holothuria-fuscopunctata.html

1 comment

  1. Posted by Rucy
    July 16, 2015 at 11:52 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Where's the fish? Where's a photo of the "Elephant Fish?" - The WHOLE fish!

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