BIOTIC Species Information for Leptosynapta spp.
Researched byDan Bayley
Refereed by
Scientific nameLeptosynapta spp. Common nameA sea cucumber
MCS CodeZB291 Recent Synonyms

PhylumEchinodermata SubphylumEchinoza
Superclass ClassHolothuroidea
Subclass OrderApodida
Suborder FamilySynaptidae
GenusLeptosynapta Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References
General Biology
Growth form Feeding methodSub-surface deposit feeder
Grazer (surface/substratum)
Environmental position
Typical food typesDetritus Habit
Bioturbator Flexibility
Fragility SizeMedium-large(21-50cm)
Height1 cm Growth Rate
Adult dispersal potential Dependency
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Eltringham, 1971, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & Ireland
Global distribution
Biogeographic rangeTemperate Depth range0 - 50 m
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferences Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive type Developmental mechanismViviparous (No Care)
Direct Development
Reproductive SeasonAugust to September Reproductive Location
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span Age at reproductive maturity
Generation time Fecundity5 - 2495 eggs per clutch.
Egg/propagule size200 µm diameter Fertilization typeInternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Informationhermaphroditic
Reproduction References Everingham, 1961, Thorson, 1946,
About MarLIN | Contact, Enquiries & Feedback | Terms & Conditions | Funding | Glossary | Accessibility | Privacy | Sponsorship

Creative Commons License BIOTIC (Biological Traits Information Catalogue) by MarLIN (Marine Life Information Network) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license are available at Note that images and other media featured on this page are each governed by their own terms and conditions and they may or may not be available for reuse. Based on a work at