Stichopodidae Sea Cucumbers have a squarish cross-section, are flat on the underside, and many members of this family are edible and harvested for restaurants. These sea cucumbers often have prominent, thick, cone-shaped projections on the body, and are found on sand or rubble close the reef edge.
The mouth of a Stichopodidae Sea Cucumbers is surrounded by 20 flat, circular tentacles with the stalk attached to the center of the lower surface, which defines the members of this family.
The Greenfish Sea Cucumber has a very dark black-green, square body. There are large, orange-tipped papillae (fleshy growths) running along the edges of the body square, and smaller growths on the sides of the body.
The Greenfish Sea Cucumber grows to 35 cm, but more usually observed around 15 cm, and can be found in sandy, rocky and rubble bottoms close to coral rich areas.
Herrmann's Sea Cucumber
Herrmann's Sea Cucumber has a variable sandy brown to grey-green-brown colour, many small bumps and orange-brown thorns on the body (papillae). The body is generally cylindrical, but with a flat underside. The mouth has 8 - 16 feeding tentacles, and movement is aided many short tube feet on the underside.