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Free Content Holothuria (Thymiosycia) Thomasi New Species, a Large Caribbean Coral Reef Inhabiting Sea Cucumber (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea)

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Holothuria (Thymiosycia) thomasi reaches a length of approximately 2 m and occupies crevices in coral reefs in depths of 3–30 m, where it anchors its posterior end and extends its anterior end outwards to feed on sandy substrates. The ossicles of this highly active species are similar to those of the Indo-Pacific H. (T.) hilla lesson, but differences in body size, color, calcareous ring, habitat and behavior readily distinguish the two species. H. (T.) thomasi is known from the Florida Keys, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Lesser Antilles, Colombia, Panama and Mexico.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1980

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