species: Bohadschia vitiensis in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Bohadschia vitiensis

©Lyle Vail: Posterior end of a specimen of Bohadschia vitiensisnear Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A juvenile specimen about 60 mm long at Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: The same juvenile specimen beginning to bury itself
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Aspidochirotida
Family Holothuriidae
Genus Bohadschia
Species Bohadschia vitiensis
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

Bohadschia vitiensis is a yellowish/ brown to cream-coloured holothurian with a very thick body wall. Some specimens are brown above and much paler on the flat undersurface. This species ejects sticky white cuverian tubules when disturbed.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


Distribution and habitat preferences

Bohadschia vitiensis is found in sandy habitats, usually partially or completely buried in sand during the day. The species is quite common in shallow water near Casuarina Beach.

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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

  • Cannon, L.R.G. and H. Silver (1986). Sea Cucumbers of Northern Australia Queensland Museum, Brisbane. LIRS catalog number 229.
  • Rowe, F.W.E. and J. Gates (1995). Echinodermata in: Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 33, xiii, 510 pp. Wells, A. (Ed.). CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia.
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