Acaudina molpadioides   (Semper,  1868) (Sea Cucumber)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Holothuroidea

Image copyrights: D.B. James, CMFRI, Kochi, India

Length: 150 mm

Color: Uniformly flesh-colored

Body stout, sausage-shaped. Tentacles 15, digitate with only one pair of lateral digits and without caudal appendage. Podia absent, skin more or less opaque. Spicules when present small and oval bodied, more or less irregular perforated plates doughnut-like with a single perforation.

Synonym (s)
Haplodactyla molpadiodes Semper, 1868
Acaudina molpadiodes Soota, Mukhopadhyay and Samanta, 1983
Aphelodactyla delicata Clark, 1938
Haplodactyla ecalcarea Sluiter, 1901
Haplodactyla molpadioides Semper, 1867
Haplodactyla molpadioides var. sinensis Semper, 1867

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Estuarine, Muddy


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• West Bengal, Hugli River Mouth INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA
• Gujarat, Balapur Reef INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Mukhopadhyaya, SK (1995) Holothuroidea: Echinodermata Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 339-344 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
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  • Gopalakrishnan, P (1970) Some observations on the shore ecology of the Okha Coast Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Cochin, India 120(1&2) 15-34 Available at - NIO, Goa
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