A sea cucumber (Oestergrenia digitata)
|Researched by||Jaret Bilewitch||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Labidoplax digitata|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound in northern North Sea around the Shetland Islands, the Irish Sea and western coasts of Great Britain. In English Channel, restricted to southern coasts of Devon and Cornwall.
Global distributionIn addition to UK distribution, also found on western and southern coasts of Ireland, as well as in the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. Absent from French side of English Channel.
HabitatFound partially or wholly buried in clean or muddy sands.
- Body long, slender and worm-like.
- Tube feet absent.
- 12 tentacles, each with 2 pairs of lateral digits plus a rudimentary terminal digit.
- Ossicles as anchors and racket-shaped anchor plates with handles up to 35 µm long.
- Calcareous ring with 12 radially-perforated parts.
- Adults up to 30 cm long.
- Colour red or brown, darker on dorsal side.
- Similar to Labidoplax thompsoni, which differs in having thickened plates in its anterior body wall.
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Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, 2018. Ulster Museum Marine Surveys of Northern Ireland Coastal Waters. Occurrence dataset https://www.nmni.com/CEDaR/CEDaR-Centre-for-Environmental-Data-and-Recording.aspx accessed via NBNAtlas.org on 2018-09-25.
NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from: https://www.nbnatlas.org.
OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System), 2023. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2023-11-29
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Last Updated: 07/07/2009