Florida Sea Cucumber (Holothuria floridana)

Also known as Atlantic Sea Cucumber, Lollyfish

Description

Also known as Atlantic Sea Cucumber, Lollyfish.

Found singly often buried in the sand during the day and active at night in very shallow sandy areas and seagrass beds close to reefs. Quite an active sea cucumber and has been observed crawling, spinning and rolling in the sand!
They feed on detritus and organic particles.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 0-2m
Widespread Western Central Atlantic, Caribbean

This sea cucumber is under threat because of the asian food market!

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/Holothuria_floridana

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