Girish Mahajan

Polycheira

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Chiridotidae
Phylum  Echinodermata
Rank  Genus
Subclass  Apodacea
Scientific name  Polycheira
Higher classification  Chiridotidae
Order  Apodida
Polycheira
Similar  Polycheira rufescens, Chiridotidae, Apodida, Chiridota, Leptosynapta

Polycheira is a genus of holothurians (sea cucumbers) found in tropical Indo-Pacific.

A curious pattern of reproduction has been found in Polycheira rufescens, where specimens change their sex from male to female and from female to male in a reproductive season

Systematics

Polycheira appear to be closely related to the genus Chiridota (both belong to the subfamily Chiridotinae). The type species of the genus is Polycheira rufescens (Brandt, 1835).

Species include:

  • Polycheira fusca
  • Polycheira rufescens (=Chirodota rufescens)
  • Polycheira vitiensis
  • References

    Polycheira Wikipedia


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