Lampert's Sea Cucumber (Synaptula lamperti)

Also known as Banded White Sea Cucumber, Medusa Worm Cucumber, Pygmy Snake Sea Cucumber, Sea Worm, Sponge Sea Cucumber, Sponge Synaptid, Synaptid Sea Cucumber, Wormfish, Worm Sea Cucumber, Toothpaste Holothurian, Tripang

Description

Also known as Banded White Sea Cucumber, Medusa Worm Cucumber, Pygmy Snake Sea Cucumber, Sea Worm, Sponge Sea Cucumber, Sponge Synaptid, Synaptid Sea Cucumber, Wormfish, Worm Sea Cucumber, Toothpaste Holothurian, Tripang.

Found singly or in colonies living on sponges over exposed, inner reef slopes of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed nocturnally exclusively on sponges.
Length - 4.6cm
Depth - 0-35m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Synaptidae are soft and worm like, often active during the day.

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/Synaptula_lamperti

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