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Helmet urchin

(Colobocentrotus atratus)

also referred to as Shingle Urchins are a a species of sea urchin of the family Echinometridae. they can be found on rocks nears shores of the Indo-West Pacific particularly in Hawaii. they look very different from other sea urchins as their spines have been modified to be flattened and smooth in order to better withstand the waves that crash against the rocks they live on in order to feed on periwinkles and algae. they are usually a maroon color and grow as big as a softball.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Echinodermata-Echinoidea-Echinoida-Echinometridae-Colobocentrotus

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My first animated 3-stage Fakemon! Woo! These were created for the purpose of a Poison/Rock type.

Urchite (urch-ite):
It floats about shallow waters or lays on beaches, using its needles to grab surfaces and defend against predators.

Reefchin (reef-chin):
Its hard shell and poisonous pins provide it the best of defense while it undergoes metamorphosis inside. It’s a rare sight to see one move from its spot.

Reefwark (reef-wahrk):
Using its old shell as a shelter and disguising itself as a Reefchin, it launches out at high speeds to startle and catch prey.



Urchite evolves into Reefchin at Level 16
Reefchin evolves into Reefwark at Level 32
Male Reefchin and Reefwark don’t have flowers.

Ability: Poison Point

Best Stats: Attack, Defense
Common Attacks (Urchite): Tackle, Poison Sting, Selfdestruct, Harden
Common Attacks (Reefchin): Acid, Rock Slide, Rollout, Water Gun
Common Attacks (Reefwark): Facade, Withdraw, Shell Smash, Poison Fang

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Commensal Life on Fire Urchins

Fire urchins are named for their red and orange colouration, as well as the burning sting they deliver if touched. Several species of crustaceans have evolved alongside these urchins and live their entire lives amongst their host’s spines. The commensal animals take advantage of the urchin’s bright warning colours and toxicity, which provides a safe haven away from predators. Although they generally do not harm their host, the shrimp may remove spines from a small area of the urchin to perch on.

Coleman’s Shrimp (Periclimenes colemani)

Fire Urchin (Asthenosoma varium)

Zebra Crab (Zebrida adamsii)

Images: Raymond on Flickr, Candice Pratt via Wikimedia Commons, Klaus Stiefel on Flickr