Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sea Cucumber FEEDING videos!! Tentacles! Nom Nom Nom! Go!

Ya' want mouth feeding tentacles? I got em' right here!

So, what we're seeing in each of these videos is the ring of feeding tentacles around the mouth of a sea cucumber. That's the "wormy" group of echinoderms that likes to sit around eating sediment and detritus all day!

You can note that in almost all of these the feeding tentacles are moving food from the substrate and "licking" the goodness off into their mouth!!


Here's a cuke from Lembeh

A Japanese(?) synaptid sea cucumber

A Japanese/tropical Pacific species

One labelled "Dendrochirotida" but not sure if that is so...

not sure where this one is from..

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