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Updated 9/29/2013

Family Holothuriidae


Actinopyga varians

Juvenile, Makapu'u tidepool, Oahu


Kapoho tidepools, Hawaii, 4 feet

Kahe Point, Oahu, 20 feet


Toothed Anus, Sharks Cove tidepool, Pupukea, Oahu

Kapoho tidepools, Hawaii, 4 feet


Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 3 feet

Blowhole, Oahu, 20 feet


Common in areas exposed to wave action.  Strongly attached to the reef.  Hard skin with white spots.  Attains 8 inches.  Formerly known as Actinopyga mauritiana, which is the Indian Ocean counterpart.  Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific.