|ECHINODERMATA : DENDROCHIROTIDA : Cucumariidae||STARFISH, SEA URCHINS, ETC.|
Description: A small sea cucumber with white skin and tube-feet in 5 zigzag rows. There are 10 sparsely branched white tentacles. The spicules are numerous and each one is knobbly with 4 holes. There is a superficial layer of smaller star-shaped cup spicules. Usually only 1cm long, occasionally up to 4 cm.
Habitat: This is an epifaunal species living amongst shells and other sessile animals.
Distribution: Found on the south, west and north-east coasts of the British Isles.
Similar Species: Has been confused with the small form of Ocnus planci in the past.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: JNCC MNCR Seasearch data - Grid map : Interactive map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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