Holothuria leucospilota   Brandt,  1835 (Sea Cucumber)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Holothuroidea

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Size: Max length 55.0 cm TL (male); common length 35.0 cm TL (male).

Max. weight reported: 800 g

Color: Uniformly black

Body very elongate, narrower anteriorly than posteriorly. Tegument very smooth. Podia and papillae randomly distributed on bivium, the podia ending in a disc of around 480 micrometer diameter; podia on bivium numerous, short and stout, distributed on the radii and interradii, their calcareous disc and around 700 micrometer in diameter. Mouth ventral, surrounded by 20 black tentacles. Anus sub dorsal. Calcareous ring with large radial pieces and triangular interradials. Cuvierian tubules very thin and long. Entirely black. Spicules on dorsal and ventral tegument with tables and buttons; tables with circular large disc, having 8 holes or more, spire with 4 pillars, and ending in a crown with large central hole; buttons regular, with 6 or 8 holes, or irregular; plates large in ventral podia, with many holes; dorsal podia also with long rods; tentacles containing few rods.

It has a peculiar habit of sticking its posterior end under a stone. The anterior end projects out from the stone and keeps on moving with the ventrally directed tentacles. On being disturbed the animal throws out white sticky threads.

Synonym (s)
Holothuria (Holothuria) vagabunda Panning, 1934
Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) leucospilot Rowe, 1969
Holothuria fasciata Cherbonnier, 1952
Holothuria fusco-rubra Theel, 1886
Holothuria vagabunda Selenka, 1867
Mertensiothuria leucospilota Deichmann, 1958
Stichopus leucospilota Brandt, 1835

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kiltan Island INDIA (Record: 1977-1979)

Literature Source(s)
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  • Threatened echinoderms of Singapore Available at - www.wildsingapore.com/wildshores/echinodermata/echinodermata.htm
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