PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Urchin 

Amblypneustes ovum (Lamarck, 1816)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Echinoidea
Order:
Temnopleuroida
Family:
Temnopleuridae
Genus:
Amblypneustes
Species:
ovum

General Description

A similar species to Amblypneustes pachistus in also having dark green spines, however the plates of the test are wider and fewer and the colour of the test is darker green. Test diameter up to 6 cm.

Biology

This species is proportionately less abundant than the closely related species, Amblypneustes pachistus.

Habitat

Seagrasses in sheltered waters, to depth of 62 m.

Seagrass meadows

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Sea urchins

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

6 cm

Diet

Omnivore

Harmful

Spines can puncture skin. Venom status unknown.

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Species Code

MoV 1688

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Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Miskelly, A.

Ashley Miskelly is a Consultant with expertise in echinoid taxonomy

citation

Cite this page as:
Miskelly, A., 2011, Sea Urchin, Amblypneustes ovum, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6595

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