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Neopentadactyla mixta (Östergren, 1898) Deichmann, 1944

Gravel sea cucumber

Neopentadactyla mixta

Concarneau Bay, France, 11 meters, 2004, WBN

Description

Neopentadactyla mixta is a sea cucumber of up to 20 cm in length. The cylindrical body is buried in the sand, only its 15 to 30 tentacles emerge. The tentacles are bushy and 10 cm long. They are used to catch and bring plankton into the mouth, in the middle of the tentacles circle. Tentacles are slipt into the mouth and licked to collect plankton stuck on them as it is the case with the close sea cucumber species Aslia lefevrei. The colour is generally yellowish to orange but it may be purple.

Distribution

Neopentadactyla mixta is found from surface to 200 m deep in the Atlantic from Norway to Brittany, in the North Sea and the English Channel.

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

Données de distribution : Neopentadactyla mixta (Östergren, 1898) Deichmann, 1944 in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-29.

Classification

Source : World Register of Marine Species


Biota (Superdomain)
Animalia (Kingdom)
Echinodermata (Phylum)
Echinozoa (Subphylum)
Holothuroidea (Class)
Actinopoda (Subclass)
Dendrochirotida (Order)
Phyllophoridae (Family)
Neopentadactyla (Genus)
Neopentadactyla mixta (Species)

Authors

Text : Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2005 - 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 : Neopentadactyla mixta (Östergren, 1898) Deichmann, 1944 in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-09-29.

How to cite this page

Bay-Nouailhat A., September 2005, Description of Neopentadactyla mixta, [On line] http://european-marine-life.org/30/neopentadactyla-mixta.php, consulted on 2020 September 29.

Author

Photographie de Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Anne Bay-Nouailhat

Project manager in marine environment
Professional diver - Naturalist

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