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Holothuria (Holothuria) tubulosa Gmelin, 1791

Tubular sea cucumber

Holothuria (Holothuria) tubulosa

Illes Medes, Spain, 14 meter, 2006, WBN

Description

Holothuria (Holothuria) tubulosa is a sea cucumber between 20 and 45 cm in length. Its cylindrical body has a diameter of about 6 cm. Its surface is covered by numerous dark long conical papillae. Along the ventral face, three lines of tube-feet are used for locomotion. The terminal tentacles are short and flattened. They bring into the mouth sediments from which the sea cucumber extracts the organic particles it feeds on. Non-assimilable elements such as sand, are rejected through the anus under the guise of strings of small muddy tubes. The colour varies from pale brown with sometimes purplish mottlings to reddish brown. Tubular sea cucumbers live on sandy bottoms among posidonia or on muddy rocks.

Distribution

Holothuria (Holothuria) tubulosa is found from surface to 100 m deep in the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlanic Ocean up to the Bay of Biscay.

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Données de distribution : Holothuria (Holothuria) tubulosa Gmelin, 1791 in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-10-24.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Echinodermata (Phylum)
Echinozoa (Subphylum)
Holothuroidea (Class)
Actinopoda (Subclass)
Holothuriida (Order)
Holothuriidae (Family)
Holothuria (Genus)
Holothuria (Holothuria) (Subgenus)
Holothuria (Holothuria) tubulosa (Species)

Page glossary

Tubes ambulacraires : petits tubes, rétractiles munis de ventouses, qui servent à la locomotion chez les échinodermes.

Authors

Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2006 - 2020.

Photos : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with his kind permission.
Websites and reference works : Consult bibliography

Image satellite: © Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AeroGRID, IGN, and the GIS User Community.

Données de distribution : Holothuria (Holothuria) tubulosa Gmelin, 1791 in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-10-24.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat A., September 2006, Description of Holothuria (Holothuria) tubulosa, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/30/holothuria-(holothuria)-tubulosa.php, consulted on 2020 October 24.

Author

Photographie de Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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