Bohadschia vitiensis   (Semper,  1868) (Sea Cucumber)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Holothuroidea

Image copyrights: David Harasti

Size: Max length 40.0 cm TL (male); common length 32.0 cm TL (male)

Color: Bivium yellow with brown band; trivium lighter; podia on bivium and trivium encircled by a characteristics brown spot.

Max. weight reported: 1,600 g

Body cylindrical, arched dorsally (bivium) and flattened ventrally (trivium); calcareous disc of podia around 300 micrometer in diameter. Mouth ventral, surrounded by 20 small, short and yellowish tentacles. Anus nearly dorsal. Calcareous ring with large radial pieces and narrow interradials. Cuvierian tubules numerous and thick. Spicules on ventral tegument with a variety of pseudo-rosettes and biscuit-like nodules; dorsal tegument with rosettes and a few rods; ventral podia with various rods; tentacles with rods, straight or slightly curved and very spiny.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders.

Synonym (s)
Bohadschia marmorata (non Jaeger, 1833)
(Misapplied name)
Bohadschia bivittata (non Mitsukiri, 1912)
(Misapplied name)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Sastry, DRK (2002) Echinodermata associated with coral reefs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Zoological Survey of India ZSI 100(3-4) 21-60 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Samyn, Y; VandenSpiegel, D and Massin, C (2005) Sea cucumbers of the Comoros Archipelago SPC Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin 22 14-18
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Scuba equipment USA - Marine species gallery Available at -
  • James, DB. (1983) Sea cucumber and sea urchin resources and Beche-de-mer industry Mariculture potential of Andaman and Nicobar Islands-An indicative survey Bulletin of Central Marine Fisheries Institute CMFRI, Cochin 34 85-93 Available at -

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