Stone Fish (Actinopyga Lecanora)
Scientific Name: Actinopyga
Length: 40 cm
Width: 9 cm
A large sea cucumber, spindle-shaped when
static and highly elongated when active. It has a ventral mouth surrounded by 20 tentacles. Anus is
surrounded by 5 anal teeth. The upper surface is sparsely covered in small papillae.
Varies considerably, but there is always a very
light-coloured patch around the anus. The dorsal surface is often brown with white mottling. Some
specimens appear paler, with grey patches on a cream background.
Lives at depths from 0 to 20 metes on hard
substrates. This species is entirely nocturnal. In the daytime, it is often found under large stones,
in gaps in reef slopes or in sheltered areas affected by tidal currents.