Below are examples of sea cucumbers I’ve run across on Pacific Northwest shores. It’s a scant list. My organization follows Lamb and Hanby (2005). Common names are my choice. I refer toWoRMS for scientific names, and I learn a ton by browsing the natural history riches in Kozloff (1993). Biodiversity of the Central Coast’s Echinoderms page is full of great information on cucumbers. These cucumbers, at least Cucumaria miniata, are also covered in the books, field guides, and identification resources listed at the bottom of the page.

Cucumaria miniata, orange sea cucumber- I don’t know much about orange cucumbers; haven’t come across them on my home beaches in northern Oregon. They’re sure a splash of color.

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References

Gotshall, D. W. 2005. Guide to Marine Invertebrates, Alaska to Baja California 2nd Edition (Revised). Shoreline Press.

Harbo, R. M. 2011. Whelks to Whales: Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest. 2nd ed. Harbour Publishing Co.

Kozloff, E. N. 1993. Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast. 3rd ed. University of Washington Press.

Lamb, A. and B. P. Hanby. 2005. Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest. Harbour Publishing.

Sept. J. D. 2009. The Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest. Revised ed. Harbour Publishing.


Online Resources

Biodiversity of the Central Coast’s Echinoderms page is full of great information on Pacific Northwest cucumbers.


This page was updated August 8, 2020.