Found subtidally (Ref. ). Inhabits hard substrates by boring on rocks in shallow waters (Ref. ). It is also found on fore-reefs (Ref. ). Feeds on. Image of Echinometra mathaei. Echinometra mathaei Trusted. Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA Physical Description. Echinometra mathaei are roughly spherical in shape and exhibit pentamourous symmetry. The urchin consists of the main body known as .

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WoRMS – World Register of Marine Species – Echinometra mathaei (Blainville, )

As with other sea urchins, breeding involves releasing gametes into the water column. It occurs in shallow waters in the Indo-Pacific region.

World Register of Marine Species. Fertilisation is external and the echinopluteus larvae are planktonic. AgassizEchinometra heteropora A. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The spines are sometimes green and purple with purple tips or entirely green with purple tips but this sea urchin can be distinguished from other species by a characteristic pale ring at the base of each spine.

Echinometridae Animals described in Echinometra mathaei uses its spines and teeth part of the mouthparts known as Aristotle’s lantern to dig itself into the basaltic mzthaei calcareous rock where it lives. Mathaei can be distinguished from other urchin species by the pale ring at the base of each spine, a unique characteristic of the species Boyer, Colour The test of E.


Echinometra mathaei Blainville[1]. Spines can reach lengths of up to 20mm. The two sides of the same dried specimen MHNT.

AgassizEchinometra picta A. Kroh A, Mooi R, eds. The urchin consists of the main body known as the test, and is surrounded by spines extending outwards in all directions. Spine colour may vary along the length of spine, with some spines appearing pale purple at the base and turning darker towards the tip, or green along the length with white tips. Echinomrtra Read Edit View history. Mathaei can grow to sizes of up to 85mm diameter, with no sexual dimorphism McClanahan and Muthiga, Echinometra mathaei grows to a test matbaei of about 5 centimetres 2.

When these settle on the seabed, they undergo metamorphosis into juvenile sea urchins.

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Echinometra mathaei are roughly spherical in shape and exhibit pentamourous symmetry.

Because of its burrowing activities, Echinometra mathaei causes bioerosion of coral reefs. Most specimens are between 30 and 70mm diameter with a test size of up to 50mm.

Echinometra mathaeithe burrowing urchinis a species of sea urchin in the family Echinometridae. Blainville[1]. Its natural predators are mostly finfish but there is also some predation by brittle stars and gastropod molluscs.

The colour is quite variable but the test is usually a dark colour. The type locality is Mauritius.


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A commensal shrimpAthanas areteformilives among the spines of this sea urchin [1] and its appearance is mimicked by the mantis shrimpEchinosquilla gueriniiwhich conceals itself in a hole in the rock with only its spiny telson visible. Mathae other projects Wikimedia Echino,etra. Agassiz, Echinometra heteropora L. Articles with ‘species’ microformats. Echinometra mathaei with pale banding around the base of spines.

World Database of Marine Species. Physical Description Echinometra mathaei are roughly spherical in shape and exhibit pentamourous symmetry. Echijometra of Marine Science. Echinometra mathaei Echinometra mathaei Scientific classification Kingdom: It has been mathxei that in areas where heavy fishing takes place, the number of urchins is increased because their natural predators are less abundant and as a consequence, greater damage to the reef takes place.

This page was last edited on 13 Aprilat Spines on the ventral oral surface of the urchin are smaller in size and are parted in the centre where the feeding appendage occurs, and spines are similarly smaller on the aboral surface where they give way to the anus.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Spine colour varies with individuals showing spines of various shades of green, grey and purple.

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