species: Polycheira rufescens in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Polycheira rufescens

©Lyle Vail and Anne Hoggett: A specimen of Polycheira rufescens in the intertidal. It was under a slab of beach rock.

©Lyle Vail and Anne Hoggett: Several individuals of Polycheira rufescens under a slab of beach rock at low tide

©Jeremy de Waard: Polycheira rufescens showing tentacles, exposed at low tide under rock
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Apodida
Family Chiridotidae
Genus Polycheira
Species Polycheira rufescens



Distinguishing features

Polycheira rufescens is a small, dark holothurian with a smooth, thin body wall and no tube feet.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Found under rocks in the intertidal zone.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Clark, A.M. and F.W.E. Rowe (1971). Monograph of shallow-water Indo-west Pacific echinoderms British Museum (Natural History), London.