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Updated 12/15/2015

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.

 

Euapta tahitiensis

Okoe Bay, Hawaii, 40 feet

 

TAHITIAN SEA CUCUMBER

Rare under rocks in clear water.  Very thin and flexible, pale with brownish-black stripes and bars lacking yellow seen with the very similar Euapta godeffroyi.  At least 3 feet long when extended.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.