species: Bohadschia sp. 2 in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Bohadschia sp. 2

©Andy Lewis: Bohadschia sp. 2 at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Andy Lewis: Bohadschia sp. 2 at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Aspidochirotida
Family Holothuriidae
Genus Bohadschia
Species Bohadschia sp. 2

Distinguishing features

A large, solid holothuroid with distinctive colour pattern as shown. Ejects Cuvierian tubules when disturbed.

Similarly-coloured Bohadschia individuals have been recorded from Lizard Island, Micronesia and Japan (Uthicke et al, 2010; Kim et al, 2013). These may be hybrids of Bohadschia argus and Bohadschia vitiensis based on molecular evidence. The specimens reported as Bohadschia sp. A by Uthicke et al (2010) had B. argus mtDNA and the specimens reported as Bohadschia hybrid by Kim et al (2013) had mt DNA of either B. argus or B. vitiensis.

Bohadschia maculisparsa Cherbonnier and Feral, 1984, appears to have the same colour pattern. The species is known only from the holotype from New Caledonia and it may be a hybrid individual.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


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References that assist with identification

  • Kim, S.W., A.M. Kerr and G. Paulay (2013). Colour, confusion, and crossing: resolution of species problems in Bohadschia (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 168: 81-97. LIRS catalog number 1710.

Other references

  • Uthicke, M. Byrne and C. Conand, S. (2010). Genetic barcoding of commercial beche-de-mer species (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea), Molecular Ecology Resources, 10: 634-646. LIRS catalog number 1321.