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Sea cucumber (genus Bohadschia), Mu Ko Lanta Marine National Park, Thailand

Sea cucumber (genus Bohadschia), Mu Ko Lanta Marine National Park, Thailand

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Uploaded 10 Jan 2014 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2014 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Sea cucumbers are - as sea stars and urchins - echinoderms. They are marine animals with a leathery skin and an elongated body containing a single, branched gonad. Sea cucumbers are found on the sea floor worldwide. The number species worldwide is about 1,250 with the greatest number being in the Asia Pacific region. Many of these are gathered for human consumption and some species are cultivated in aquaculture systems. The harvested product is variously referred to as trepang, bêche-de-mer ...
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