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Family Stichopodidae

Stichopus variegatus

Semper, 1868

Variegated Sea Cucumber

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean

Natural Environment: Inhabits sandy and rocky inner and outer reef bottom areas near heavy growths of coral

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 73 to 83°F (23 - 28°C). Can reach a length of about 20 inches (50 cm) in the wild. Feeds on detritus and organic matter that is sifted from the substrate. Rarely found in the trade and too large for most aquaria. Better left in the wild.

Note: Members in this family are also good detritus scavengers, however, if very stressed, they have the ability to "melt" becoming totally limp and eventually disintegrating. Yet, they also have the ability to make surprising comebacks from what looks like sure death.

 Stichopus variegatus (Variegated Sea Cucumber)
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Stichopus regalis Stichopus vastus
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