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Free Content Distribution of Holothuria Arenicola Semper in the Bahamas with Observations on Habitat, Behavior, and Feeding Activity (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea)

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The burrowing aspidochirote holothurian, Holothuria arenicola Semper is reported from a number of localities in the Bahamas. It is found throughout the islands wherever bottom conditions are favorable, but it apparently lives only around the edge of the shallow Little Bahama Bank, extending on to the Bank a distance of no more than several miles. The habitats and burrowing habits of H. arenicola are described. The excretory boluses of this species are described and compared with those of two other locally common aspidochirote holothurians. Feeding activity of H. arenicola is described and estimated volumes of bottom material passing through the intestine are given.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1980-01-01

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