atelstomata

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Spatangus purpureus

…is a species of spatangid heart urchin that occurs throughout the entire North Sea and is distributed from the North Cape to the Azores and the Mediterranean. S. purpureus typically inhabits bottoms with coarse sand or gravel. From there it spends its live burrowed, collecting detritus that calls near it.

Classification

Animalia-Echinodermata-Echinoidea-Atelostomata-Spatangoida-Spatangidae-Spatangus-S. purpureus

Images: Hans Hillewaert and Roberto Pillon