Flamboyant Sea Cucumber
Unlike most of sea cucumbers (holothurian echinoderms) that feed by eating sand and removing food particles from it, the Flamboyant Sea Cucumber feeds on plankton. It has a ring of arms protruding from the end of its body each with branch-like tentacles. It extends these arms into the water to catch its food, and then pull them into the mouth situated in the centre of this ring of arms. Rows of tubed feet run along the full length of the body, which it uses to crawl through the sand. This animal can inflate and deflate its body using water pressure, and may grow to about the size of a football.
Distributed through tropical Australasia and Southeast Asia.
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