species: Holothuria (Lessonothuria) pardalis in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Holothuria (Lessonothuria) pardalis

©Lyle Vail and Anne Hoggett: Holothuria (Lessonothuria) pardalis in shallow water off Casuarina Beach, with overlying rubble removed.

©Lyle Vail and Anne Hoggett: The same individual as above with body elongated
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Aspidochirotida
Family Holothuriidae
Genus Holothuria
Species Holothuria (Lessonothuria) pardalis



Distinguishing features

The small, cryptic species of Holothuria can be difficult to distinguish when alive. Holothuria (Lessonothuria) pardalis is a small holothurian with a soft, smooth body wall. The body is pointed at both ends and is very pliable. Colour is mottled brown/grey and cream, sometimes with dark spots in rows on the upper surface.


  • 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 throughout the Lizard Island Group, always under rocks or rubble and may be buried in sand.

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.