Some specimens are very dark, almost black. Those are considered to be color variations. White specimens are probably Cucumaria pallida, and if they are smaller and stuck to rocks they are probably Eupenctata spp.
This sea cucumber is most abundant in steep, narrow places where rubble line the shoreline and strong tidal currents bring lots of nutrients. In some such places, the abundance of orange sea cucumbers "in bloom" make the seawalls look like underwater fields of California poppies.
- WoRMS Page for Cucumaria miniata
- Search Arctos Database for Cucumaria miniata (Southeast only)
- Search Arctos Database for Cucumaria miniata (entire database)
- Encyclopedia of Life search for Cucumaria miniata
- iNaturalist Observations for Cucumaria miniata in Southeast Alaska