Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) leucospilota   (Brandt,  1835) (Sea Cucumber)
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Class: Holothuroidea

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Size: Length of the buttons 0.050 mm - 0.063 mm, breadth 0.025 mm - 0.033 mm; height of the table is 0.042 mm; diameter of the disc 0.037 mm- 0.054 mm.

Color: Reddish-brown but looks black on contraction.

Large and snake-like forms with leathery skin . The pedicels are large with well developed sucking discs; tentacles are 20 in number and are ventrally placed. There is a well developed tentacular collar with a fimbriated margin. In the calcareous ring each radial is large and has a deep groove while the inter-radial is a short, stump-like projection, there is a single polian vesicle and a single stone canal. The respiratory trees are well developed, Cuvierian tubules are also well developed.

The spicules consist of an external layer of tables with complete or incomplete discs often reduced to four holes, one at the base of each pillar. Spire is low and often partly reduced, but when complete, it ends in a flattened crown of eight or twelve teeth. Inner layer consists of regular six holed buttons. The buttons may sometimes be asymmetrical. Pedicels are with large end plates and a few broad perforated plates with more or less slit like holes; buttons are dumb-bell shaped with a pair of holes at either end.

On being disturbed the animal throws out the cuvierian tubules which are abundant. The species has the peculiar habit of tucking its posterior end under a stone, the anterior end which projects out from the stone keeps
on moving with the ventrally directed tentacles.

Synonym (s)
Holothuria vagabunda Selenka, 1867
Stichopus leucospilota Brandt, 1835
Halodeima dicorona Heding, 1934
Holothuria gelatinosa Heding, 1939
Holothuria homoea Clark, 1938
Holothuria infesta Sluiter, 1901
Holothuria lagoena Haacke, 1880
Holothuria lamperti Ludwig, 1887
Holothuria oxurropa Sluiter, 1887
Holothuria vagabunda Selenka, 1867
Stichopus (Gymnochirota) leucospilota Brandt, 1835

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal


• Karnataka, Netrani Island (Lat: 14) (Long: 74.32) INDIA (Record: 10/05/2006) (Depth: -(12-15) mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• Karnataka, Karwar INDIA
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hut Bay INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Zacharia, PU; Krishnakumar, PK; Dineshbabu, AP; Vijayakumaran, K; Rohit, P; Thomas, S; Sasikumar, G; Kaladharan, P; Durgekar, RN and Mohamed, KS (2008) Species assemblage in the coral reef ecosystem of Netrani Island off Karnataka along the southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 50(1) 87-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sasakic's Web Site Available at - http://www.h5.dion.ne.jp/~namako/index.html
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Kumara, PBTP; Cumaranathunga, PRT and Linden, O (2005) Present status of the sea cucumber fishery in southern Sri Lanka: A resource depleted industry SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin 22 24-29 Available at - http://www.spc.int/Coastfish/news/BDM/22/Terney.pdf
  • James, DB (1995) Taxonomic studies of the species of holothuria (Linnaeus, 1767) from the seas around India. Part II Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society Bombay Natural History Society 92(1) 190-204 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/7436/1/450-J._BOMBAY_NAT.HISTORY_SOC_1995.pdf
  • Sastry, DRK (2007) Echinodermata of India : An annotated list Records of Zoological Survey of India Occassional paper No. 271 ZSI, Kolkata 1-387 Available at - http://zsi.gov.in/checklist/Echinodermata_India_Checklist.pdf
  • James, DB (1989) Echinoderms of Lakshadweep and their zoogeography Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 97-144 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf

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