FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes No. 6. Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world

FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes No. 6

Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world


Steven W. Purcell
National Marine Science Centre
Southern Cross University
Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia

Yves Samyn
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Brussels, Belgium


Chantal Conand
Professeur Emérite, Laboratoire Ecologie Marine
Université de La Réunion
Saint-Denis, France

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2012


Purcell, S.W., Samyn, Y. & Conand, C.
Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world. FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 6. Rome, FAO. 2012. 150 pp. 30 colour plates.

This guide book provides information on 60 species of commercial sea cucumbers including annotated scientific illustrations of the body and spicules; colour photographs of live and dry specimen, information on nomenclature together with FAO names and common names used in different countries and regions; basic information on size, habitat, biology, fisheries, human consumption, market value and trade; geographic distribution maps. The volume is fully indexed and contains an introduction, a glossary, and a dedicated bibliography.

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General remarks


Glossary of technical terms


Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae


Aspidochirotida: Stichopodidae


Dendrochirotida: Cucumariidae




Index of scientific and vernacular names


List of colour plates


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