Orange Sea Cucumber, Cucumaria miniata
The orange sea cucumber, Cucumaria miniata, is found from the Aleutian Islands to
California in low intertidal and subtidal zones down to 225 meters. This sea
cucumber lives wedged between cobble or boulders, hanging on with its tube
feet, and is reported to prefer areas of strong currents. Being a suspension
feeder, it catches plankton and detritus from the water column. To remove food
from its tentacles, it curls them to its mouth and scrapes them clean.
Scientific name: Latin Cucumis (cucumber, name
of sea plant with the smell of cucumber) and miniata (colored with
cinnabar or vermillion).
Digital photo by Jan Haaga. References (a complete list) in the text include:
O'Clair (1998), Gotshall (1994), Kessler (1985) or Barr (1983).