Pawsonia saxicola (Brady & Robertson, 1871)

Pawsonia saxicola

Description: A white smooth-skinned body and dark blotched tentacles emerging from a crevice are the characteristic features of this sea cucumber. There are five distinct double rows of long tube-feet.The spicules consist of flat rhombic plates with four holes, occasionally with two extra holes one at each end. 15cm in length, tentacles 10cm.

Habitat: Lives in rock crevices and beneath boulders in shallow water and on the lower shore. Common from the lower shore to the circalittoral zone.

Distribution: Found on all western coasts of the British Isles.

Similar Species: The tentacles of Aslia lefevrei are very similar and these two species often occur together. The white body is distinctive.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Pawsonia saxicola (Brady & Robertson, 1871). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-05-30

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