PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sea Urchin 

Microcyphus zigzag Agassiz, 1846

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Echinodermata
Class:
Echinoidea
Order:
Temnopleuroida
Family:
Temnopleuridae
Genus:
Microcyphus
Species:
zigzag

General Description

The skeletal structure is very robust and the colour of the test is marked by red zigzags. The spines are bright red. Test diameter up to 3 cm.

Biology

This small, cryptic species is rarely encountered live. Most specimens from Victoria have been found along Port Phillip Bay, washed up on the beach after periods of rough weather.

Habitat

To depth of 40 m.

Reefs

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

3 cm

Diet

Omnivore

Harmful

Spines can puncture skin. Venom status unknown.

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Identify

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, Microcyphus zigzag, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/6599

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