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Sea Cucumber

Sea Cucumber:

Officials from the Indian Coast Guard and the customs department arrested four men who were allegedly in possession of sea cucumber and raw turmeric.

  • Sea Cucumber species is a part of a larger animal group called echinoderms and is invertebrates that lives on the seafloor.
  • Their body shape is similar to that of a cucumber, but they have small tentacle-like tube feet that are used for locomotion and feeding.
  • There are about 1,250 species of sea cucumber, all of which belong to the taxonomic class Holothuroidea.
  • They are found in all marine environments throughout the world, from shallow to deep-sea environments.
  • These are benthic, meaning they live on the ocean floor.
  • They excrete inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus, enhancing the productivity of benthic biota.
  • Conservation status
    • CITES: Appendix II
    • Wildlife Protection Act of 1972: Schedule I