Brownmottled Sea Cucumber

Australostichopus mollis

Australostichopus mollis - Brownmottled Sea Cucumber

Size: 20 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Sandy, muddy or rocky areas

Depth: Lower intertidal to 10+ metres

This large and common sea cucumber is found under rocks or in crevices in rocky environments. It can range in colour from cream to dark brown, and often covers itself with shellgrit and other debris. Its skin texture is also variable from quite smooth, to bumpy, and can even be spiky, which it can control with its dark-tipped, retractable papillae. Although some variations can appear similar to other large species, including Stichopus ludwigi, it is usually the only large sea cucumber found between or under rocks, so it can be distinguished by habitat.