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Bud Barr

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Again, from Dominica, 25 feet, sand, turtle grass.

 

I know the pictures don't show that well because he so closely resembled the sand but, he ignored my invitation to take a ride on my white balance card.

 

I thought the 6 "horns" or "prongs" on this little guy were interesting. There were lots of furry sea cucumbers in the area, some pretty small, but nothing around that looked like this.

 

 

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Thanks, Bud

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What a cool looking little beastie. I dont recognize it but will send the images to friends who might. Or maybe someone else here does???

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Hi Bud -- This comes from Dave Pawson, holothuroid expert at the Smithsonian: " I'm sorry, I can't put a name on this holothurian with any certainty - it's possibly a youngish specimen of Astichopus multifidus (Sluiter), which is usually brownish and whitish when it's mature, but brownish specimens have been reported. I don't know of any other shallow-water caribbean holothurians from grassy areas that have that furry appearance"

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