Horrid Sea Cucumber (Stichopus horrens)

Also known as Curryfish, Dragonfish, Durian Sea Cucumber, Horrendous Sea Cucumber, Horrible Sea Cucumber, Loaf Bread, Lollyfish, Peanutfish, Pricklyfish, Selenka's Sea Cucumber, Warty Sea Cucumber, Warty Selenka's Sea Cucumber, Teatfish Sea Cucumber, Variegated Sea Cucumber

Description

Also known as Curryfish, Dragonfish, Durian Sea Cucumber, Horrendous Sea Cucumber, Horrible Sea Cucumber, Loaf Bread, Lollyfish, Peanutfish, Pricklyfish, Selenka's Sea Cucumber, Warty Sea Cucumber, Warty Selenka's Sea Cucumber, Teatfish Sea Cucumber, Variegated Sea Cucumber.

Found amongst dead coral and rubble areas sometimes hidden from view during the day out hunting for food at night over shallow reef flats.
They feed on detritus and plankton.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 0-15m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Distinctive appearance with large pointed teats in groups of two or three all over the body surface and numerous large tube feet on the flat underside.

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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stichopus_horrens

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