species: Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) hilla in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) hilla

©Anne Hoggett: Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) hilla about 16 cm long at Lizard Island. Animal was found in position shown under a piece of rubble.

©Anne Hoggett: Two Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) hilla from under the same rubble slab, near base of reef slope, south side of lagoon entrance, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Aspidochirotida
Family Holothuriidae
Genus Holothuria
Species Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) hilla



Distinguishing features

A thin body wall with prominent pointed papillae. Colour pattern distinctive, tan basally with pale papillae. Always concealed, usually found under rubble on sandy substrate.


  • Up to 18 cm (length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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