Pseudocolochirus violaceus - Sea Apple
Family - Cucumariidae
Order - Dendrochirotida
Length - Up to 8 inches
Recognition - Varying colors including blue, red, white, and yellow
Habitat - Tropical saltwater bodies
Behavior - Omnivore
Residency - Pacific Ocean
Life Span - Up to 35 years
Of Special Note - This species is a filter feeder and a member of the sea cucumber family. The sea apple should only be added to a well established aquarium with live rock producing its food. It will usually crawl around until it finds a high current area, then stay there for a long time.
Hobbyists have historically had difficulty keeping this species and it generally dies within several years. It can be hazardous since it releases poison into the water when it is stressed or killed. Some species of fish may pick at the sea apple's tentacles, such as angelfish and butterflyfish. Due to the dangerous nature of this critter, I would not recommend it for any aquarium, unless it is the only inhabitant.
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