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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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. World Register of Marine Species. Echinometridae Animals described in Mathaei can be distinguished from other urchin species by the pale ring at efhinometra base of each spine, a unique characteristic of the species Boyer, The type locality is Mauritius.

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It has been found that in areas where heavy fishing takes place, the number of urchins is increased because their echinomwtra predators are less abundant and as a consequence, greater damage to the reef takes place. EchinomrtraEchinometra picta A. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.


Echinometra mathaei uses its spines and teeth part of the mouthparts known as Aristotle’s lantern to dig itself into the basaltic and calcareous rock where it lives.

This page was last edited on 13 Aprilat World Database of Marine Species. Its natural predators are mostly finfish but there is also some predation by brittle stars and gastropod molluscs.

World Echinoidea Database – Echinometra mathaei (Blainville, )

When these settle on the seabed, they undergo metamorphosis into juvenile sea urchins. Spines on the ventral oral surface of the urchin are smaller in size mathaeei 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.

Because of its burrowing activities, Echinometra mathaei causes bioerosion of coral reefs.

Retrieved from ” https: Spine colour varies with individuals showing spines of various shades of green, grey and purple. Agassiz, Echinometra picta A. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Agassiz, Echinometra heteropora L. Echinometra mathaei are roughly spherical in shape and exhibit pentamourous symmetry. Blainville[1].

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Echinometra mathaei Blainville[1]. AgassizEchinometra heteropora A. Views Read Edit View history.

Echinometra mathaeithe burrowing urchinis a species of sea urchin in the family Echinometridae. Bulletin of Marine Science. The two sides of the same dried specimen MHNT. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Spines mathhaei reach lengths of up to 20mm.

Mathaei can grow to sizes of up to 85mm diameter, with no sexual dimorphism McClanahan and Muthiga, The colour is quite variable but the test is usually a dark colour. Most specimens are between 30 and 70mm diameter with a test size of up to 50mm. Fertilisation is external and the echinopluteus larvae are planktonic.