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Species of the Month January 2007

Purple sea urchin (c) S. Scott

Common name: Purple sea urchin

Latin name: Paracentrotus lividus

A spiny-skinned, grazing animal (Echinoderm)


Key Features

  • Round body up to 7 cm diameter.
  • Long sharp pointed spines, up to 3 cm long.
  • Dark purple to dark green.
  • Sometimes bores into rocks.
  • May cover itself with pieces of shell or seaweed.

Where to look:

Found on the lower shore.

Effects of warming sea:

Warm water species that should increase in abundance.

More information:

Click here find out more about this species on the MarLIN website