Ecology of Holothuria impatiens
Main Ref. James, D.B., 2001
Remarks During the day, this species lives under coralline rubble and in crevices on reef flats and forereef slopes (Ref. 85218); and is often found in sand and grassy areas (Ref. 86832). At night it feeds by extending its anterior end from the crevice (Ref. 85218). Deposit feeder (Refs. 108117, 116259).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Holothuria impatiens may be found.


Substrate Benthic: mobile; Soft Bottom: sand; Hard Bottom: rubble;
Substrate Ref. Kerr, A.M., K. Netchy and A.M. Gawel, 2006
Special habitats Beds: sea grass; Coral Reefs: reef slope/drop-offs; reef flats;
Special habitats Ref. Kerr, A.M., K. Netchy and A.M. Gawel, 2006


Ref. James, D.B., 2001
Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. McClanahan, T. and G. Branch, 2008
Feeding habit browsing on substrate
Feeding habit Ref. McClanahan, T. and G. Branch, 2008

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.00 0.00 Tentative trophic level derived from 1 + troph of a single food item
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 03.09.07
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 10.02.17
Checked by Cortés, Jorge on 11.02.11
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