Spiny Sea Cucumber

Species information for the Spiny Sea Cucumber, in the Cucumbers category.

  1. Scientific name - Pentacta anceps

    Family: Holothuriidae

    Common name – Spiny Sea Cucumber

    Max Size – 5 in (12 cm)

    Min. Aquarium size – 30 gal (114 L)

    Range: Indonesia

    Care Level – Intermediate

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – This cucumber will filter the sand eating debris, algae, and bacteria, but should be feed plankton dailiy

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – Yes

    Captive care – This cucumber emits a toxin that can irritate or kill other tank inhabitants. When acclimating this create, be sure not to get any of the water in the tank because it will contain a high concentration of the toxin. If they die or become stressed they will release this toxin. Cucumbers require a deep sand bed and pristine water conditions. Unlike other cucumber species, the Spiny Sea cucumber remains stationary when it finds a suitable spot. Small amounts of nitrates or metals are toxic to them.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011
    little_fish, Jan 17, 2011