This report is the status review for the black teatfish. This report summarizes the best available…
About the Species
The black teatfish is a species of sea cucumber that occurs in coral reef habitats in the Indian Ocean, and is most commonly found in reef flats and outer reef slopes with a preference for hard substrates. Teatfish are non-migratory and relatively sedentary, with slow growth rates and longevity estimated at several decades.
Large numbers of sea cucumbers are traded internationally each year, and the black teatfish is one of the most highly valued sea cucumber species in the Indo-Pacific region. It is sold dried and processed as “beche-de-mer” primarily to luxury food markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Korea and Malaysia.
CITES Appendix II
- Throughout Its Range
In the Spotlight
In December 2021, NOAA Fisheries determined that the black teatfish does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.