You right Chantal it could be Holothuria
(Roweothuria) arguinensis (Koehler
& Vaney, 1906). This species had
been considered a north-eastern Atlantic species recorded from Morocco and
Mauritania (Panning, 1929; Hérouard, 1929) near Dakar. It could be also H.
(H.) stellati but I am more for H.
(R.) arguinensis. But the second I do
not think that it’s Holothuria (Platyperona) sanctori. The white
spots are tighter here and do not remember the scattered white spots of H (P.)
I agree with Frank for ossicles pictures to confirm. Also internal
description; to check the presence of Cuvierian organ (if its mammata)
All the best
Dear Francois, Kris and all,
It seems I was having trouble with the dratted machine!!
Hopefully now fixed.
I think there were 3 species (as follows);
The first is I think Holothuria dakarensis (though
possibly H. tubulosa as Panning described dakarensis as a
subspecies of tubulosa. I did discuss this in my 1969 paper, but
knowledge has moved on somewhat in the intervening years!) The second species
looks like Holothuria (Platyperona) sanctori as suggested by Chantal.
The third species may rather be Holothuria mammata (rather than a
stichopodid). These are only suggestions, in the absence of any further help
e.g. spicule images)
A possible (old) help might be Panning's 1939 paper
'Holothurien von den Kanaren und von Dakar. Vidensk. Meddr. dansk naturh.
Foren. 103:523-546, figs 1-11'
a) hope this is of use; b) hope it gets
I received these cuke pictures
taken from Dakar, Sénégal by a French naturalist who is getting worried about
Chinese prospectors who want to harvest them. I'm not familiar with the fauna,
but maybe some of you are. Do you have any IDs?