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Updated 8/8/2013

Family Synaptidae

HAWAII

Synaptids are suspension-feeders having very thin skin with tiny embedded hooks used to cling to anything it comes in contact with.  For this reason they are easily damaged when handled, especially with gloves.  The body is able to expand and contract a great deal using water pressure.

Chiridota hawaiiensis

Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 15 feet

   

RED SAND SEA CUCUMBER

Locally common in silty sand in shallow water.  Attains 3 inches fully extended.  Hawaii & the Tropical Pacific.