Feather-mouthed Sea Cucumber (species: Synapta maculata) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Synapta maculata
Feather-mouthed Sea Cucumber

©Anne: Synapta maculata on the northern side of Lizard Island. More than 1.5 metres long.

©Anne: Synapta maculata at base of reef slope near South Island, Lizard Island Group

©David Witherall and Kimberley Boss: Tiger's Paw Sea Cucumber (Synapta maculata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Echinodermata
Class Holothuroidea
Order Apodida
Family Synaptidae
Genus Synapta
Species Synapta maculata



Distinguishing features

A large, worm-like sea cucumber with 15 tentacles. Colour variable, usally with distinct longitudinal stripes and small alternating patches of brown and white.


  • Up to 200 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Cannon, L.R.G. and H. Silver (1986). Sea Cucumbers of Northern Australia Queensland Museum, Brisbane. LIRS catalog number 229.