Sea cucumbers

James, D B (2000) Sea cucumbers. In: Marine Fisheries Research and Management. Pillai, V N and Menon, N G,(eds.) CMFRI; Kochi, Kochi, pp. 124-153.



Sea cucumbers are a group of economically important echinoderms with a wide range of distribution in coral to mangrove habitats. Out of 200 species known from Indian seas, 75 are from shallow seas; while only a dozen of them belonging to Holothuridae and Stichopodia are large with thick body wall and hence commercially important. They occur in exploitable concentration in the Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The paper presents family, genera and species key to identification along with the description and distribution of important species. The paper also reviews their ecology, animal association, parasites, biotoxicity, collection, handling and processing for bech-de-mer, conservation and management and hatchery and culture in Indian situation.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sea cucumbers
Subjects:Echinoderms > Seacucumber
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture
ID Code:4210
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:04 Oct 2010 11:06
Last Modified:04 Oct 2010 11:06

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