Purple heart urchin
Entire individual on sea bed.
Image width ca 25 cm.
Image: Bernard Picton / Joint Nature Conservation Committee
|Occurs buried just below the surface of coarse sand or gravel, including maerl but rarely mud, in wave sheltered areas in the infralittoral fringe, down to about 900 m.|
|A large, spectacular, violet coloured heart urchin that grows up to 12 cm long. Some of the long upper spines are white. The bivalve mollusc Montacuta substriata is often found attached to spines.|
|PMF archive information|
|Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:|
>Eddystone (inner) Channel Grounds|
Eddystone (outer) Channel Grounds
Mewstone shell gravel/Mewstone Ledges
Queens grounds and New Grounds
Rame-Eddystone or Middle Grounds