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Sea Cucumber

Lipotrapeza vestiens

Description:

A 50 mm long soft bodied sea cucumber with tapering ends. There appeared to be a paler side to the body, possibly the ventral side. The body was covered with small papillae which I assume are the tube feet.

Habitat:

Washed ashore and was found along the high tide mark amongst seaweeds - Westernport, Victoria
It was probably alive and was returned to the ocean.

Notes:

This species is said to frequently extrude its intestines when disturbed and like most other sea cucumbers, the gut regenerates.
https://collections.museumvictoria.com.a...
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Holothuroidea
Order: Dendrochirotida
Family: Phyllophoridae

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jun 1, 2018
Submitted on Jun 3, 2018

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