species: Polyplectana kefersteinii in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Polyplectana kefersteinii
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Apodida
Family Synaptidae
Genus Polyplectana
Species Polyplectana kefersteinii

Distinguishing features

A large worm-like sea cucumber with usually 25 tentacles. Brown flecked with white according to Cannon and Silver (1986) but Coleman (2007) shows a great variety of colour forms including banding in several combinations (red and white; green/brown and white; dark brown and red) with or without longitudinal red stripes.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Coleman, N. (2007). Sea Stars: Echinoderms of the Asia/Indo-Pacific Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic, Springwood, Qld. Australia.

Other references

  • Cannon, L.R.G. and H. Silver (1986). Sea Cucumbers of Northern Australia Queensland Museum, Brisbane. LIRS catalog number 229.