species: Polyplectana kefersteinii in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (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.