Scotoplana sp. - Scotoplane or Sea Pig
The Holothurian (sea cucumber) genus Scotoplanes includes the “Sea Pigs” - deep-sea dwellers that live on the abyssal planes of oceans worldwide, including in the Antarctic. Anywhere over 1000 meters probably hosts Sea Pigs in some number. They prefer freshly-fallen organic matter for their food, and can travel miles to find things like whale carcasses, thanks to their excellent olfactory senses.
Sea Pigs and other sea cucumber species are some of the few hosts that exist on the abyssal floor which are suitable hosts to parasitic snails and tiny crustaceans, and they also serve as an important food source for other deep-sea creatures, such as sleeper sharks.
The Royal Natural History - Vol IV. Richard Lydekker, 1896.

Scotoplana sp. - Scotoplane or Sea Pig

The Holothurian (sea cucumber) genus Scotoplanes includes the “Sea Pigs” - deep-sea dwellers that live on the abyssal planes of oceans worldwide, including in the Antarctic. Anywhere over 1000 meters probably hosts Sea Pigs in some number. They prefer freshly-fallen organic matter for their food, and can travel miles to find things like whale carcasses, thanks to their excellent olfactory senses.

Sea Pigs and other sea cucumber species are some of the few hosts that exist on the abyssal floor which are suitable hosts to parasitic snails and tiny crustaceans, and they also serve as an important food source for other deep-sea creatures, such as sleeper sharks.

The Royal Natural History - Vol IV. Richard Lydekker, 1896.

214 notes

Show

  1. hardcoredivinity reblogged this from spectacularuniverse
  2. mrkrushkryptnyt reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  3. khthonic reblogged this from alscientist
  4. rubyarrav reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  5. cowboybopbop reblogged this from biomedicalephemera
  6. alicetehyay reblogged this from thirdoffive
  7. thirdoffive reblogged this from immoralintricacies
  8. predacutie reblogged this from scientificillustration
  9. sula reblogged this from grossmagic
  10. yuruyurau reblogged this from unnaturalist
  11. si-bon reblogged this from scientificillustration
  12. jackmalaka reblogged this from mudwerks
  13. ilivethebadlife reblogged this from scientificillustration
  14. swingingfrommars reblogged this from unnaturalist
  15. smamsblog reblogged this from mudwerks
  16. peeonmexvx reblogged this from katethemetalqueen
  17. katethemetalqueen reblogged this from rapuze
  18. sonata-de-hastio reblogged this from unnaturalist
  19. smoothposer reblogged this from scientificillustration and added:
    life is beautiful
  20. rapuze reblogged this from unnaturalist
  21. flaxenplaguedoctor reblogged this from unnaturalist
  22. princesalisilda reblogged this from unnaturalist
  23. -fdc reblogged this from scientificillustration
  24. anielathehun reblogged this from mudwerks
  25. yourdreamsthecatch reblogged this from unnaturalist