Mesothuria lactea (Théel, 1886)
photo by Arntz, Wolf E.

Family:  Synallactidae ()
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Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 641 - 5100 m
Distribution:  Antarctic Atlantic: Antarctica.
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Biology:  Prefers soft bottoms probably due to its detritivore feeding habit or its mode of locomotion (Ref. 2545). Members of the class Holothuroidea are gonochoric and have only one gonad. Spawning and fertilization are both external and some exhibit brooding. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktotrophic larvae (auricularia) then into doliolaria (barrel-shaped stage) which later metamorphose into juvenile sea cucumbers (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: (LC); Date assessed: 18 May 2010 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 05.03.07
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 17.08.17

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