Pineapple Sea Cucumber
By Tom O’Brien
Scientific Name: Thelenota ananas
Also known as: Prickly Redfish
Category: Sea Cucumbers
Size: 15 to 28 in. (38 to 72 cm)
They are literally shaped like a cucumber with a long, muscular, flexible body. They are a mouth at one end, and a anus at the other end. They have modified tube feet located around the mouth that are used for collecting food. They come in many sizes and can reach lengths up to two feet. They have leathery skin too. They also have one stretched gonad.
-They shoot their guts out at predators to escape.
-They have a random spawning period.
Pineapple sea cucumbers have been found to be all over the world. They are found on sea beds of sand. They are a lot of times found in coral reefs too. They tend to travel alone and mimic plants.
- Tropical Indo-Pacific climate shifts to a more El Niño-like state (sciencedaily.com)