Field observations of shallow-water sea cucumbers in Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea

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Field observations of shallow-water sea cucumbers in Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea

Sirusa Kritsanapuntu, Nilnaj Chaitanawisuti, Sakol Phophet
J. Bio. Env. Sci.5( 4), 42-47, October 2014.
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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the species presence and distribution of sea cucumbers in the main habitats of coral reefs, sea grass beds, rocky shores and sandy shores in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea during May 2009 to March 2010. Results showed that a total of 21 sea cucumber species from 5 families were found. The average density of each sea cucumber in all study sites was lower than 1 individual per m-2 and the most abundant species in all study areas was Holothuria leucopilota. The Upper Gulf of Thailand contained 14 sea cucumber belonging to 4 families, followed by the lower Gulf of Thailand (13 species of 4 family) and Andaman sea (12 species of 5 family). All sea cucumbers found can be categorized into abundant species (3), common species (8) and rare species (12).

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