Furry Sea Cucumber (Astichopus multifidus)

Also known as Black-spotted Sea Cucumber, Fissured Sea Cucumber, Lollyfish

Description

Also known as Black-spotted Sea Cucumber, Fissured Sea Cucumber, Lollyfish.

Found singly during the day often buried in the sand, active at night over soft sandy areas and seagrass beds close to reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed on plankton.
Quite an active sea cucumber and has been observed crawling, spinning and rolling in the sand!
Length - 40cm
Depth - 1-40m
Widespread Western Central Atlantic, Caribbean

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/Astichopus

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