General Description

Body dome-shaped with long spines. Shell (test) and spines mauve, green or white. Test up to 9 cm across.


These sea urchins eat algae. They can form large groups (barrens). Their gonads and roe are a delicacy in a number of European and Asian countries. It is probably the most common species of sea urchin in temperate waters.


Southern Australian coasts.


Reef and rubble areas, up to depth of 35 m.

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