Saltwater. Sea Urchins. This sea urchin is extremely flattened. The body
does not have any holes or notches. Very short spines cover the body,
giving it an almost (not quite!) velvety appearance. A five-pointed star
pattern is visible on the back.
To be confused with
- Red Heart Urchin Meoma ventricosa
Size: Body up to 12 cm. Spines up to 1 cm.
Colour: The color of the animal is a mottled brown to dark brown. The shells of these species are gray.
Shape: Extremely flattened. The body does not have any holes or notches. Very short spines cover the body.
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits reefs. Lives on the shallow, sandy areas around the reefs. It
hides in the sands during the day.Depth: ranges from 0 m down to 13 m.
BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.
[Marion Haarsma, march, 2016]
- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification:
Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World