Yes, they both look like Synallactids, no idea about the upper individual,
I dont think its a Mesothuria, but... no other clue.
The bootom one seems to me like a Synallactes.
Great beasts! but also terrible that we dont have specimens...
> Dear Colleagues, please see attached. Dave P.
> From: Pawson, David
> Sent: Monday, June 10, 2013 6:03 PM
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> Subject: Two unknown (?) deep-sea holothurians - any ideas please?
> Dear Esteemed Colleagues,
> Attached is an image of two holothurians from the northern Gulf of Mexico.
> We do not have specimens of these, unfortunately.
> The upper individual is probably about 20 cm long, and is lying on its
> presumed right side. It has a thin veneer of sediment on its upper
> surface, no obvious pygal furrow, some transverse dorsal wrinkles, and
> ca. 15 large papillae in each ventrolateral radius, which show up in
> other images as more rounded protuberances... Mesothuria sp??
> The lower individual is perhaps also about 20 cm long, with few
> scattered fine dorsal papillae, and about a million ventrolateral feet.
> I presume they're both synallactids...? Any suggestions would be much
> appreciated, and of course acklnowledged!
> Yours in eternal puzzlement, and best wishes! Dave Pawson
> David L. Pawson
> Senior Research Scientist,
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