Eyed Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus)

Also known as Detail Eye Sea Cucumber, Leopard Sea Cucumber, Leopard Sea Cuke, Leopard Stickyfish, Leopardfish Sea Cucumber, Marbled Sea Cucumber, Ocellated Sea Cucumber, Spotted Sea Cucumber, Tigerfish Holothurian, Tigerfish Sea Cucumber, Tripang

Description

Also known as Detail Eye Sea Cucumber, Leopard Sea Cucumber, Leopard Sea Cuke, Leopard Stickyfish, Leopardfish Sea Cucumber, Marbled Sea Cucumber, Ocellated Sea Cucumber, Spotted Sea Cucumber, Tigerfish Holothurian, Tigerfish Sea Cucumber, Tripang.

Found singly or in groups over coarse white sand sometimes half buried in the sand or on top, over shallow reef flats and slopes of outer lagoons.
They feed on detritus and plankton.
Length - 45cm
Depth - 0-30m
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. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohadschia_argus

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