BIOTIC Species Information for Echinus esculentus
Researched byDr Harvey Tyler-Walters and Lizzie Tyler Data supplied byMarLIN and University of Sheffield
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Scientific nameEchinus esculentus Common nameEdible sea urchin
MCS CodeZB198 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumEchinodermata SubphylumEchinozoa
Superclass ClassEchinoidea
Subclass OrderEchinoida
Suborder FamilyEchinidae
GenusEchinus Speciesesculentus

Additional InformationThe genus Echinus is derived from the Greek 'echinos' meaning 'a hedgehog'. An omnivorous grazer feeding on seaweeds (e.g. Laminaria spp. sporelings), Bryozoa, barnacles and other encrusting invertebrates. Size range varies depending on age and locality, e.g. c. 4 cm at 1 year, 4-7 cm at 2 years, 7 -9 cm at 3 years and 9-11 cm at 4 years. This species may hybridize with Echinus acutus if sympatric.
Taxonomy References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Howson & Picton, 1997, Mortensen, 1927, Fish & Fish, 1996, Hyman, 1955, Nichols, 1969,
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