[Coral-List] help identifiying an organism

Tyler Smith tsmith at rsmas.miami.edu
Wed Aug 3 17:59:49 EDT 2005

Hi Roi,

They were probably tubules of Cuvier:  sticky organs that can be  
released by certain holothurians (sea cucumbers) when distressed.   
They look exactly like this and are very, very sticky.


Dr. Tyler B. Smith
Department of Marine Biology and Fisheries
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
University of Miami
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Miami, Florida  33149
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tsmith at rsmas.miami.edu

On Aug 3, 2005, at 5:01 AM, Roi Holzman wrote:

> During a recent night dive in the coral reef of Eilat, Israel, we  
> have seen a large "worm" that I have never seen before and have  
> failed, so far, to identify. it was quite long (I estimate ~1m),  
> with a diameter of ~ 5mm. as far as I could tell, the full length  
> of the organism was exposed, i.e. it was not a part of something  
> hiding under a rock. I would appreciate if you could take a moment  
> to look at the pictures at: http://community.webshots.com/album/ 
> 412234680XMFGpU
> the coral in the pictures is about 7cm across. the organism was  
> very sticky, and when we touched it with a piece of plastic, it was  
> hardly possible to separate it. It was observed in a degrading  
> state (probably dead) the next night at the same place (it was then  
> collected and preserved).
> thanks in advance
> Roi
> -- 
> Roi Holzman
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