Uncommon ossicle shape in Holothuria leucospilota from Pangkor Archipelago, Malaysia

  • Kamarul Rahim Kamarudin Department of Technology and Natural Resources, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology (FAST), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Pagoh Campus, Pagoh Education Hub, Km 1, Jalan Panchor, 84600 Muar, Johor Darul Takzim, MALAYSIA
  • Fatin Najihah Muhd Lutfi
  • Mohd Zulhafiz Che Zahri
  • Maryam Mohamed Rehan Food Biotechnology Programme, Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Bandar Baru Nilai, 71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, MALAYSIA


There was a lack of studies on Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) leucospilota from Pangkor Archipelago, Perak, Malaysia due to the popularity of a commercial sea cucumber species i.e. Stichopus horrens, the main ingredient of gamat-based traditional medicine on the resort island. Therefore, this study aimed to isolate ossicles from a specimen of morphospecies H. leucospilota collected from Teluk Nipah Beach, Pangkor Archipelago; to determine the shapes of the ossicles for species verification, and to further confirm its species status using non-protein-coding 12S and 16S mitochondrial ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences. At least six ossicle shapes were documented. Beside the common ossicle shapes i.e. the buttons and the tables; I-shaped rod, long I-shaped rod, branched rod, and spider-shaped rod were also observed. Nevertheless, the spider-shaped rod is an unusual ossicle shape in H. leucospilota as there was no previous record on it, therefore it could be considered as a new finding. Two partial sequences of the mitochondrial rRNA genes were registered with the GenBank (Accession No.: KX768273 - KX768274). The blastn results indicated that the specimen was H. leucospilota with Identities scores of 99% for both genes. Interestingly, only one corresponding 12S mitochondrial rRNA gene sequence was displayed in the blastn results showing a lack of 12S mitochondrial rRNA gene sequences of H. leucospilota in the GenBank until 15th June 2016. This study also suggested that the species identification based on the mitochondrial rRNA gene sequences gave better inference than the ossicle shape identification. In summary, the results verified the species status of the specimen as H. leucospilota, consequently proposed its uniqueness as a result of the presence of the spider-shaped rod. More studies with more samples, more different types of mitochondrial DNA genes, and more morphological and molecular techniques need to be incorporated in future in order to get a better insight.

Oct 31, 2018
How to Cite
KAMARUDIN, Kamarul Rahim et al. Uncommon ossicle shape in Holothuria leucospilota from Pangkor Archipelago, Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Science Health & Technology, [S.l.], oct. 2018. ISSN 2601-0003. Available at: <http://mjosht.usim.edu.my/index.php/mjosht/article/view/22>. Date accessed: 20 nov. 2018.
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