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Comatulids
Antedon mediterranea Distribution

Mediterranean feather-star
Mittelmeer-Haarstern
Haarster
Comatule de Méditerranée
Comátula mediterránea
Giglio di mare mediterraneo
The Mediterranean
Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 10 and 80 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 25 cm
  • Number of arms : 10
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Antedon bifida Distribution

    Feather star
    Haarstern
    Haarster
    Comatule commune
    Comátula comun
    Giglio di mare
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 450 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 10
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Astrospartus mediterranea Distribution

    Basket star
    Gorgonenhaupt
    Medusahoofd
    Tête de méduse
    Mediterráneo Gorgonocephalus
    Gorgonocefalo
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species lives attached to a sea fan or hydroids
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 30 and 800 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 80 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Davidaster rubiginosa Distribution

    Golden crinoid
    Goldfederstern
    Gouden haarster
    Comatule dorée
    Comátula dorada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species can be found between 6 and 40 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 0
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Lamprometra klunzingeri Distribution

    klunzingeri's feather star
    Gemeiner Haarstern
    Comatule commune
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 15 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 20
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Nemaster grandis Distribution

    Black and white crinoid
    Schwarzweissfederstern
    Zwart-wit haarster
    Comatule noire et blanche
    Comátula negra y blanca
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species clings to coral
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species can be found between 10 and 50 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 0
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Sea stars
    Asterias rubens Distribution

    Common starfish
    Gemeiner Seestern
    Gewone zeester
    Astérie rouge
    Estrella de mar comun
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 650 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 50 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • Maximum age known : 5 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks - Carrion
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Asterina gibbosa Distribution

    Gibbous starlet
    Fünfeckstern
    Vijfhoekige zeester
    Astérie bossue
    Estrella de capitan
    Stella cuscinetto
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 7 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • Maximum age known : 6 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks - Echinoderms - Sea worms
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Astropecten sp Distribution

    Sand star
    Dornenkammstern
    Kamster
    Etoile-peigne
    Estrella de arena
    Stella pettine
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 5 and 200 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • Hides in the sand.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Astropecten aurantiacus Distribution

    Red comb-seastar
    Roter Kammstern
    Etoile à peigne
    Estrella de arena anaranjada
    Stella di mare pettine
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 100 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 60 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks - Sea urchins - Sea worms
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.)
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Astropecten polyacanthus Distribution

    Comb sea star
    Kammstern
    Kamster
    Etoile peigne
    Estrella de mar peine
    Stella a petine
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 60 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • Hides in the sand.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Ceramaster granularis Distribution

    Cushion star
    Kornstern ; Kissenstern
    Zeekoekje
    Biscuit de mer
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 20 and 1400 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Invertebrates
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Choriaster granulatus Distribution

    Grainy cushion star
    Walzenstern
    Korrelige kussenzeester
    Etoile-coussin granuleuse
    Estrella cojín granulada
    Stella cuscino granulosa
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 5 and 40 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Diet : Refuse - Carrion
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Coscinasterias tenuispina Distribution

    Blue spiny starfish
    Dornenstern
    Blauwe stekelster
    Etoile de mer épineuse
    Estrella espinosa azul
    Stella pungente minore
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 10
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sea worms - Mollusks
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Crossaster papposus Distribution

    Common sunstar
    Gemeiner Sonnenstern
    Zonnester
    Crachat d'amiral
    Común, sunstar
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 2 and 1200 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 40 cm
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks - Echinoderms
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.)

  • Culcita coriacea Distribution

    Arabian cushion star
    Rotmeer - Stachelkissenstern
    Etoile-coussin d'Arabie
    Estrella cojín de Arabia
    Stella marina coriacea
    The Red Sea
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 30 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species..
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 25 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Invertebrates
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Echinaster sentus Distribution

    Rust-colored spiny seastar
    Rostfarbiger Seestern
    Roestkleurige stekelzeester
    Etoile de mer à piquants roux
    Estrella de mar espinosa rojiza
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Refuse - Sponges - Mollusks
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Echinaster sepositus Distribution

    Red starfish
    Roter seestern
    Oranjerode zeester
    Etoile de mer rouge
    Estrella espinosa roja
    Stella rossa
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 250 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Diet : Refuse
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.)

  • Echinaster callosus Distribution

    Warty starfish
    Beulen - Seestern
    Wratten-zeester
    Étoile de mer verruqueuse
    Estrella de mar verrugosa
    Stella marina verrucosa
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 2 and 30 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 26 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Fromia monilis Distribution

    Red mesh starfish
    Perl - Seestern
    Etoile à mailles rouges
    Estrella de mármol o perla
    Stella marina ingioiellata
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 3 and 35 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 8 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Invertebrates - Refuse
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Hacelia attenuata Distribution

    Smooth starfish
    Glatter Seestern
    Gladde zeester
    Etoile de mer lisse
    Estrella de mar lisa
    Stella arancio
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 150 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Sponges
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.)
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Linckia guildingi Distribution

    Common comet star, Yellow starfish
    Gelber Rundarmstern
    Gele zeester
    Etoile de mer jaune
    Estrella de mar amarilla
    The tropical Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 2 and 45 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Luidia senegalensis Distribution

    Nine-armed sea star
    Neunarmseestern
    Negenarm-zeester
    Etoile de mer à neuf bras
    Estrella de mar de nueve brazos
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species can be found between 1 and 40 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • Hides in the sand.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 9
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Luidia ciliaris Distribution

    Seven-armed starfish
    Schmalarmiger Grossplattenstern
    Zevenarmige zeester
    Etoile à sept bras
    Estrella de mar de siete brazos
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 10 and 600 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 60 cm
  • Number of arms : 7
  • Maximum age known : 4 year(s)
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Echinoderms
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Marthasterias glacialis Distribution

    Spiny starfish
    Eisseestern
    Ijszeester
    Etoile de mer glaciaire
    Estrella espinosa común
    Martasterias
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 180 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 70 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Mollusks - Crustaceans - Carrion
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Oreaster reticulatus Distribution

    Cushion sea star
    Kissenseestern
    Kussenzeester
    Etoile coussin
    Cojín de mar
    Stelle marina
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 30 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 40 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on small invertebrates that it gleans on the seafloor.
  • Diet : Refuse - Sponges - Sea urchins
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    Used in the clothing, footwear or crafts industries for the manufacture of articles (jewellery, etc.)

  • Brittle stars
    Astrophyton muricatum Distribution

    Giant basket star
    Gorgonenhaupt
    Reusachtige mand zee ster
    Astrophyton géant; Ophiure tête de méduse;
    Estrella canasta gigante;Abanico de mar;Cancer de mar
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species lives attached to a sea fan or hydroids
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 70 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 60 cm
  • Number of arms : 0
  • Maximum age known : 0 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Ophiactis savignyi Distribution

    Pigmy brittle star
    Zwerg-Schlangenstern
    Dwerg-brokkelster
    Ophiure naine
    Ofiura enana
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Ophiocoma echinata Distribution

    Blunt-spined brittle star
    Stumpfdorn-Schlangenstern
    Stompgestekelde brokkelster
    Ophiure à piquants obtus
    Ofiura de espinas romas
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 2 and 30 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 18 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Ophiocoma scolopendrina Distribution

    Reef flat berittle star
    Riffdach - Schlangenstern
    Lagune-brokkelster
    Ophiure des lagons
    Ofiura negra frágil
    Ofiura scolopendrina
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 5 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Ophiocomina nigra Distribution

    Black brittle-star
    Schwarzer Schlangenstern
    Svartstjerne
    Ophiure noire
    Ofiura negra
    Stella serpentina nera
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 400 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Ophioderma rubicundum Distribution

    Orange brittle star
    Orangefarbener Schlangenstern
    Oranje brokkelster
    Ophiure orange
    Ofiura anaranjada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 12 and 30 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Ophioderma squamosissimus Distribution

    Red serpent brittle star
    Roter Karibik-Schlangenstern
    Rode brokkelster
    Ophiure lisse rouge
    Ofiura rojo del Caribe
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is rather mobile for an echinoderm
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 15 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Ophioderma longicauda Distribution

    Smooth brittle-star
    Glatter Schlangenstern
    Gladde slangster
    Ophiure lisse
    Ofioderma
    Stella serpentina liscia
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is rather mobile for an echinoderm
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 70 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal is a hunter low in the food chain.
  • Diet : Bivalve mollusks - Sea worms - Carrion
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Ophionereis reticulata Distribution

    Reticulated brittle star
    Netzförmiger Schlangenstern
    Netvormige brokkelster
    Ophiure réticulée
    Ofiura reticulada
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is rather mobile for an echinoderm
  • The species can be found between 0 and 250 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Ophiothrix suensoni Distribution

    Sponge Brittle Star
    Schwamm-Schlangenstern
    Spons-brokkelster
    Ophiure des éponges
    Ofiura de las esponjas
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 3 and 60 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Ophiothrix fragilis Distribution

    Common brittle-star
    Zerbrechlicher Schlangenstern
    Brokkelster
    Ophiure singe
    Ofiura fina
    Stella serpentina spinosa
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 4000 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • Number of arms : 5
  • Maximum age known : 10 year(s)
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Sea urchins
    Arbacia lixula Distribution

    Black sea-urchin
    Schwarzer Seeigel
    Zwarte zeeëgel
    Oursin noir
    Erizo negro
    Riccio nero
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 11 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous

  • Asthenosoma marisrubri Distribution

    Red sea fire urchin
    Rotmeer-Lederseeigel
    Soepele Rode Zee-egel
    Oursin-cuir de mer Rouge
    Erizo de mar tóxico
    Riccio di fuoco
    The Red Sea
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 3 and 30 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species..
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Diet : Algae - Sponges - Refuse
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The spines of the animal can be very dangerous
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Centrostephanus longispinus Distribution

    Longspined sea-urchin
    Diademseeegel
    Oursin diadème
    Erizo de pùas largas
    Riccio diadema
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 5 and 200 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • Endemic species..
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 25 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Diet : Algae - Refuse
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The spines of the animal can be very dangerous

  • Cidaris cidaris Distribution

    Crany cidaris
    Grauer Lazenseeigel
    Oursin porte-lance
    Tabaquera
    Riccio matita
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 40 and 2000 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Diet : Sponges - Rods - Algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Diadema antillarum Distribution

    Long-spined urchin
    Karibik-Diademseeigel
    Caribische Diadema-zee-egel
    Oursin diadème
    Erizo negro
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 45 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The spines of the animal can be very dangerous

  • Echinocardium cordatum Distribution

    Sea potato
    Seeigel herzigel
    Zeeklit
    Oursin cœur
    Erizo corazon
    Spatango a forma di cuore
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 250 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 9 cm
  • Maximum age known : 10 year(s)
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Echinometra lucunter Distribution

    Rock-boring urchin
    Felsenbohrerseeigel
    Rotsborende zee-egel
    Oursin perforateur
    Erizo negro chico
    Riccio scavatore dei Caraibi
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 5 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous

  • Echinometra viridis Distribution

    Purple urchin
    Riffdachseeigel
    Oursin des récifs
    Erizo de arrecife
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 20 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Echinometra mathaei Distribution

    Rock boring urchin
    Matthaeus - Seeigel
    Oursin perforant
    Erizo de roca perforador
    Riccio scavatore
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Echinothrix calamaris Distribution

    Banded sea urchin
    Halm - Diademseeigel
    Oursin à doubles piquants
    Erizo de doble espina
    Riccio a spine doppie
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is rather mobile for an echinoderm
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 70 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The spines of the animal can be very dangerous

  • Echinus esculentus Distribution

    Edible sea urchin
    Essbarereuropaïschen seeigel
    Eetbare zeeappel
    Oursin globuleux
    Erizo aguado
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 2 and 1200 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 17 cm
  • Maximum age known : 15 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Diet : Refuse - Invertebrates - Algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous

  • Eucidaris tribuloides Distribution

    Slate-pencil urchin
    Griffel-Seeigel
    Griffel-zee-egel
    Oursin crayon gris
    Erizo de palitos
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 3 and 50 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 12 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Diet : Sponges - Algae
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Heterocentrotus mammillatus Distribution

    Slate-pencil urchin
    Variabler Griffelseeigel
    Griffelzee-egel
    Oursin crayon
    Erizo lapicero
    Riccio matita
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 0 and 25 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 20 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Lytechinus variegatus Distribution

    Variegated urchin
    Vielfarbseeigel
    Bonte zee-egel
    Oursin variable
    Erizo verde
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous

  • Mellita sexiesperforata Distribution

    Six-keyhole sand dollar
    Schlüssellochseeigel
    Zand-dollar
    Dollar de sable
    Dólar de arena
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species can be found between 0 and 16 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • Hides in the sand.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 10 cm
  • Number of arms : 0
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Meoma ventricosa Distribution

    Red heart urchin
    Roter Herzseeigel
    Rode hartegel
    Oursin de sable rouge
    Erizo de corazón rojo
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 45 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • Hides in the sand.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 18 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Microcyphus rousseaui Distribution

    Bald-patch urchin
    Rousseau - Seeigel
    Kipodonn hadour
    Oursin zigzag
    Erizo de mar con calvas
    Riccio di Rousseau
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 10 and 30 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 5 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Paracentrotus lividus Distribution

    Purple sea urchin
    Steinseeigel
    Rotszee-egel
    Oursin-pierre
    Erizo de mar común
    Riccio femmina
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 80 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 13 cm
  • Maximum age known : 10 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is in great demand and highly appreciated
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous

  • Psammechinus miliaris Distribution

    Green sea-urchin
    Strandigel
    Gewone zeeappel
    Oursin vert
    Ericillo de mar verde
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 100 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 9 cm
  • Maximum age known : 4 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Diet : Algae - Invertebrates
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is in great demand and highly appreciated
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous

  • Spatangus purpureus Distribution

    Purple heart urchin
    Violetter Herzigel
    Purperen zeeklit
    Spatangue pourpre
    Erizo de corazón purpúreo
    Spatango
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 5 and 900 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 12 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Sphaerechinus granularis Distribution

    Violet sea urchin
    Violetter Seeigel
    Paarse zee-egel
    Oursin granuleux;Oursin violet
    Erizo violáceo
    Riccio di prateria
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 1 and 130 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 13 cm
  • Maximum age known : 9 year(s)
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Diet : Algae - Refuse
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous

  • Tripneustes ventricosus Distribution

    West Indian sea egg
    Westindischer Seeigel
    Witte zee-egel
    Oursin blanc
    Erizo negriblanco
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 10 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 17 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.
  • The spines of the animal can be dangerous

  • Tripneustes esculentus Distribution

    White sea urchin;Pin Cushin Urchin
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species can be found between 2 and 15 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
    General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal is a grazer of algae.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    -Sport or local fishing.

  • Sea cucumber
    Aslia lefevrei Distribution

    Brown sea-cucumber
    Kletterholothurie
    Klimmende zeekomkommer
    Lèche-doigts
    Pepinillo de mar
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is generally attached to its substrate
  • The species can be found between 1 and 50 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 25 cm
  • Number of arms : 10
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Cucumaria frondosa Distribution

    Orange footed sea cucumber
    Schwarze Seegurke
    Concombre de mer du Nord
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 200 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 50 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
    - Chemistry/pharmacy.

  • Holothuria thomasi Distribution

    Tiger tail sea cocumber
    Tigerschwanzseegurke
    Tijgerstaart-zeekomkommer
    Holothurie queue de tigre
    Cohombro de mar-coda de tigre
    Oloturia coda di tigre
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The animal hunts at night
  • The species can be found between 3 and 35 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 150 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Aquarium enthusiasts.

  • Holothuria mexicana Distribution

    Dunkey dung sea cucumber
    Eselwurstseegurke
    Paardevijg-zeekomkommer
    Holothurie crotte d'äne
    Pepino de mar común;Cohombro de mar-cagajon
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 40 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 45 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Holothuria forskali Distribution

    Black sea cucumber
    Schwarze Seegurke
    Zwarte zeekomkommer
    Holothurie noire
    Cohombro de mar negro
    Cetriolo di mare nero
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 5 and 100 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 40 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Holothuria polii Distribution

    White spot cucumber
    Weißspitzen-Seewalze
    Wit tip zeekomkommer
    Holothurie a points blancs
    Cetriolo di mare punte bianche
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 100 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 25 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Holothuria stellati Distribution

    Brown sea-cucumber
    Braune Seegurke
    Bruine zeekomkommer
    Holothurie brune
    Cohombro de ma marrón
    Cetrolo di mare bruno
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 100 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 40 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Holothuria tubulosa Distribution

    Cotton-spinner
    Röhrenholothurie
    stekelige zeekomkommer
    Holothurie tubuleuse
    Cohombro tubo
    Cetriolo di mare
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 1 and 100 Meters.
  • Very common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Holothuria edulis Distribution

    Pink sea cucumber
    Essbare Seegurke
    Rose zeekomkommer
    Holothurie rose
    Pepino de mar comestible
    Cetriolo di mare rosa
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is rather mobile for an echinoderm
  • The species can be found between 0 and 40 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 35 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Isostichopus badionotus Distribution

    Three-rowed sea cucumber
    Dreireihenseegurke
    Wratten-zeekomkommer
    Holothurie verruqueuse
    Cohombro de mar de tres filas
    The tropical Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 60 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 45 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • The animal can show variable colouring
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Leptosynapta inhaerens Distribution

    Worm-like holothurian
    Wurmholothurie
    Synapte
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 50 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 30 cm
  • Number of arms : 12
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Diet : Refuse
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Neopentadactyla mixta Distribution

    Gravel sea cucumber
    Sand-Seegurke
    Graafzeekomkommer
    Holothurie de sable
    Holoturia de arena
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is generally buried
  • The species can be found between 15 and 200 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Lives in large groups
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 25 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Ocnus planci Distribution

    Brown sea cucumber
    Kletter Seegurke
    Klimzeekomkommer
    Lèche-doigts de Plancus
    Oloturia
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 6 and 300 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

  • Pawsonia saxicola Distribution

    Sea gherkin
    The temperate Atlantic
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 0 and 50 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 15 cm
  • The animal feeds on plankton or small organisms.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Pearsonothuria graeffei Distribution

    Blackspotted sea cucumber
    Graeffe - Seegurke
    Gestreepte zeekomkommer
    Holothurie rayée
    Pepino de mar de Graeffe
    Cetriolo di mare leopardato
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally found on the reef
  • The species is rather mobile for an echinoderm
  • The species can be found between 1 and 25 Meters.
  • Rare species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 45 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.
  • The species can be confused with other species of similar appearance!

    Stichopus regalis Distribution

    Royale cucumber
    Königs-Seewalze
    Koningszeekomkommer
    Holothurie jaune
    Espardeña
    Lingua di mare
    The tropical Atlantic
    The temperate Atlantic
    The Mediterranean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is not very mobile
  • The species can be found between 5 and 800 Meters.
  • Common species.
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally solitary
  • The animal is indifferent to the presence of humans
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 35 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species is good to eat
  • The species is exploited in the following sector(s) :
    - Fishing or commercial aquiculture for food.

  • Synapta maculata Distribution

    Worm cucumber
    Gefleckte Wurmseegurke
    Gevlekte zeekomkommer
    Holothurie serpentiforme
    Pepino de mar gigante
    Cetriolo di mare maculato
    The tropical Pacific
    The Red Sea
    The Indian Ocean
    Surrounding and environment
  • The species is generally observed in a sandy zone or in seagrass
  • The species is rather mobile for an echinoderm
  • The species can be found between 0 and 30 Meters.
  • Uncommon Species
  • General behaviour of the species
  • Species generally living in a group
  • The animal retracts or curls up if it is disturbed
  • General characteristics of the species
  • Maximum size : 300 cm
  • The animal feeds mainly on refuse.
  • Relationship with humans
  • The species can be eaten but is of no particular culinary interest

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