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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Holothuroidea
Subclass: Dendrochirotacea
Order: Dendrochirotida
Family: Phyllophoridae
Östergren, 1907 [1]
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Phyllophoridae is a family of sea cucumbers, marine invertebrates with elongated bodies, leathery skins and feeding tentacles.

Members of the family are characterised by a complex ring of calcareous ossicles arranged in a tube, making a mosaic pattern. The tentacles number ten to twenty-five. Some members have spindle-shaped bodies whilst others are buried in the substrate and adopt a U-shaped form.[2]


The World Register of Marine Species includes the following genera in the family: [1]


  1. ^ a b Vanden Berghe, Edward (2010). "Phyllophoridae". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  2. ^ Phyllophoridae Digital Nature Archive. Retrieved 2012-02-12.