Also known as Bat Sumping, Edible Sea Cucumber, Holothurie Serpent, Lollyfish, Pacific Islands Sea Cucumber, Red Snakefish, Snakefish, Tripang, White-spotted Sea Cucumber.
Found singly or in groups, over coral patches, mud, rubble and sandy areas, of shallow inner reef flats, coastal lagoons and fringing reefs. These are harvested for food.
They feed on organic matter in the sand.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 0-25m
Widespread Western 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://www.sealifebase.se/summary/Holothuria-coluber.html