species: Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) fuscorubra in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) fuscorubra


©Anne Hoggett: Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) fuscorubra as found on sand away from reef at about 17 m depth near Cobia Hole, Lizard Island. About 22 cm long. Thanks to Dr Steve Purcell for the identification (as Holothuria isuga, regarded here as a synonym).

©Anne Hoggett: Underside of Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) fuscorubra about 22 cm long, found on sand away from reef at about 17 m depth near Cobia Hole, Lizard Island. Ventral podia have white tips.

©Anne Hoggett: Ventral posterior view of Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) fuscorubra about 22 cm long, found on sand away from reef at about 17 m depth near Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Aspidochirotida
Family Holothuriidae
Genus Holothuria
Species Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) fuscorubra

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Distinguishing features

Dark brown to black with numerous pointed papillae on the dorsal surface, some of which are much longer than most. Ventral surface flat with many white-tipped podia. Body wall is thin and soft. No Cuverian tubules.

Size

  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.

Synonyms

Distribution

Web resources

References

References that assist with identification

  • 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.

Other references

  • Samyn, Y. and C. Massin (2003). The holothurian subgenus Mertensiothuria (Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae) revisited. Journal of Natural History, 37(20): 2487-2519. LIRS catalog number 90401.