California Sea Cucumber

California Sea Cucumber

Apostichopus californicus

Physical Description

The California Sea Cucumber is a large species, measuring between 25 to 40 cm in length. Its dorsal surface is mottled with shades of red, orange, and brownish yellow, adorned with conical fleshy spines. Tube feet are concentrated on its functionally ventral surface.


This species is commonly found dwelling on rocks and sandy substrates. In the Monterey region, it tends to be more prevalent at deeper depths with low water motion.

Geographical Range

The California Sea Cucumber inhabits the waters from British Columbia to Baja along the eastern Pacific coast.


Feeding primarily on organic detritus, the California Sea Cucumber utilizes its short, tufted oral tentacles to gather food particles.

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