species: Holothuria (Halodeima) edulis in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Holothuria (Halodeima) edulis

©Lyle Vail: Holothuria (Halodeima) edulis off Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Holothuria (Halodeima) edulis at Mermaid Cove, Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Holothuria (Halodeima) edulis sloughing mucus covering at night, lagoon entrance bommie, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Aspidochirotida
Family Holothuriidae
Genus Holothuria
Species Holothuria (Halodeima) edulis



Distinguishing features

Holothuria (Halodeima) edulis is unmistakeable due to its colour: black above, pink below. The body wall is relatively thin and pliable. No cuverian tubules.


  • Up to 25 cm (Approximate length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Holothuria (Halodeima) edulis is common in reef habitats throughout the Lizard Island group, especially in shallow reef-flat areas.

Web resources


  • Bakus, G.J. (1981). Chemical defense mechanisms on the Great Barrier Reef, Science, 211: 497-499. LIRS catalog number 41.
  • Cannon, L.R.G. and H. Silver (1986). Sea Cucumbers of Northern Australia Queensland Museum, Brisbane. LIRS catalog number 229.
  • 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.