Sea gherkin (Pawsonia saxicola)
|Researched by||Olwen Ager||Refereed by||Admin|
|Authority||(Brady & Robertson, 1871)|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Cucumaria saxicola (Brady & Robertson, 1871)|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandPawsonia saxicola is found on the south and west coasts of the British and Ireland.
Global distributionPawsonia saxicola is found on the Atlantic coast of France southwards to the Azores.
HabitatPawsonia saxicola is found in rock crevices and under boulders from the lower shore to about 50 m.
- Cylindrical white body, up to 15 cm in length.
- 5 rows of long tube feet.
- Star shaped spicules.
- 10 mottled black tentacles, up to 10 cm in length)
- Found in rock crevices and beneath boulders.
Additional informationPawsonia saxicola may be confused with Aslia lefevrei as both species have similar tentacles. However, Pawsonia saxicola has a distinctive white body, while the body of Aslia lefevrei is brown in colour.
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Last Updated: 07/06/2007