Friday, February 27, 2009

Synaptid Cucumber

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Synaptid Cucumber
(Synapta maculata)

Synaptid Cucumber - Synapta maculata
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Throughout the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, as far east as the Society Islands

Shallow, protected reef flats and lagoons, often in sand or rubble

Sea Cucumbers sift detritus from the sand.

Quick Fact
Synaptid cucumbers have reduced tube feet, and move primarily by filling their bodies with water.  They are most active at night, but will often take partial cover during the day while they extend from their hiding spot and sweep the sand for food. Synaptid cucumbers can grow as long as 2 m (6 ft).

Learn More
Coming Soon
- Moorea Biocode Database

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