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09-02-2008, 21:31
I am trying to identify this critter....


Another pic.....


I believe it is a Tiger Tail Sea Cumber (Holothuria thomasi).... according to page 399, Reef Creatures Identification, Florida Caribbean Bahamas, phylum Echinodermata, class holothuroidea.

Can anyone help me confirm or deny this information?


09-02-2008, 21:48
Might help if you could share the location.

09-02-2008, 21:58
Might help if you could share the location.

Not a problem. Sorry, I forgot to include that key piece of info. I video taped this critter on a night dive last week at the Texas Flower Gardens (Stetson Bank).


09-02-2008, 22:16
This is a Beaded Sea Cucumber. Page 388&399 top of Reef Creature ID 2nd edition. At the Flower Gardens I have found them at Steson Bank on night dives.
Very cool critter....

09-02-2008, 23:08
It is indeed a sea cucumber and I believe it is Synapta maculata a very commom species that forages openly on the sand. I was not aware of the common name Beaded Sea Cucumber so thanks, they are always a bit easier to remember than the latin mouthful.

09-02-2008, 23:10
Try setting your pics to 600 x 450 pixels in Photoshop or windows paint. (start, all programs, accessories, paint) that will make it a bit easier on the eye.