Seanet Low Intertidal

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Pseudocnus curatus (Cowles, 1907)
Phylum Echinodermata, Class Holothuroidea, Order Dendrochirotida, Family Cucumariidae

Tar spot sea cucumber; 1-3 cm; black; tube feet scattered across dorsum, but in more distinct rows on ventral side; 10 equal-size tentacles around mouth.

Locally abundant, but spotty; low intertidal zone to subtidal, very exposed outer coast; females brood young.

Geo Range: probably British Columbia(?) to central California
Synonyms: Cucumaria curata
Similar species:
Cucumaria pseudocurata is very similar, but has dorsal tube feet in rows & 8 large + 2 small tentacles; must examine skin ossicles to confirm.