species: Actinopyga echinites in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Actinopyga echinites

©Lyle Vail: Actinopyga echinites on the reef front at Eyrie Reef.

©Lyle Vail: Anal teeth of Actinopyga echinites

©Lyle Vail: Sand removed, showing papillate skin surface of Actinopyga echinites
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Aspidochirotida
Family Holothuriidae
Genus Actinopyga
Species Actinopyga echinites



Distinguishing features

All species of Actinopyga have distinct anal "teeth" that are visible in the field. None of the Actinopyga species eject cuverian tubules when disturbed.

Actinopyga echinites is brown all over and is often covered with sand. When the sand is removed, the skin surface is thick, firm, rough and papillate.


  • 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

Actinopyga echinites is not common at Lizard Island. It is common on the reef flat near the crest on the front side of nearby Eyrie Reef.

Web resources


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