Sea cucumbers




Soft corals

Sea cucumbers also known as holothurians are a diverse group of echinoderms. They can be found throughout the marine environment, from the intertidal and shallow seas to abyssal depths. Most sea cucumbers are detrivores and play key roles in nutrient recycling and bioturbation within the marine ecosystem. As seafood, sea cucumbers present a high nutritional value and are regarded as traditional delicacies. A total of 52 species are commercially exploited worldwide as food, with most of them located in the tropical and sub-tropical regions. However, species are, in many cases being commercialised without a clear taxonomic identification. The MOI undertook an inventory of sea cucumbers using both taxonomical and DNA-based approach.

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