Pineapple Sea Cucumber
It can grow up to 70 cm long. It has shades in brown to red. Cylindrical body with numerous often branched elongate star-shaped conical papillae in groups of two or three all over the surface of its body. Due to intense commercial exploitation it is listed as endangered by the IUCN. East Reef Wreck, Lankayan, Sabah.
''Thelenota ananas'', also known as pineapple sea cucumber, oloturia ananas, tripang, prickly skin cucumber, pointed teat sea cucumber, armoured sea cucumber, giant sea cucumber, sand fish or prickly redfish, is a species of sea cucumber found in tropical waters from the Red Sea to New Caledonia. Its reddish-brown body with large and mostly branched papillae can reach up to 70 centimetres in length.
This species can be found on clean sandy bottoms of the ocean near large coral heads. It has.. more