N.proteus is a red, brown, grey or purple, small to medium, plump and ovoid sea cucumber, covered with large stiff tube feet. The body is soft and pliable, with 20 tentacles in 2 rings. Spicules are low spinous tables (often knobbed) and branched rods (N. proteus spicules). This speces can be found on reefs and in coastal areas, on sand.
Kingdom Animalia Phylum Echinodermata Class Holothuroidea Order Dendrochirotida Family Phyllophoridae Genus Neocucumis Species Neocucumis proteus
Status in World Register of Marine Species
Not included in WoRMS database
Scientific synonyms and common names
Neocucumisproteus (Lampert, 1885)
Cannon, L.R.G. and Silver, H. 1986. Sea Cucumbers of Northern Australia. Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, Australia, 60 pp.
N. proteus spicules (Cannon and Silver 1986)
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