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Imperial Sea Urchin

Phyllacanthus imperialis

Description:

Also known as Imperial Urchin, Pencil Sea Urchin, Lance Urchin, Sputnik Urchin, Knobby Sputnik Sea Urchin, Mine Urchin and Land Mine Sea Urchin. They have a brown or black center with thick, blunt spikes; vary in color from place to place. They feed on invertebrates, sponges and even dead fish.

Habitat:

Found hiding in holes and hollows in coral and rock reefs during the day, they come out to feed only at night. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

Each picture is of a different animal, but both shots were taken on the same night dive. I was at a depth of only 5m or so when I photographed them.

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2 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 6 years ago

Thank you, DilekCifci!

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 6 years ago

Nice shot

Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 7.07, Long: 125.67

Spotted on Nov 30, 2011
Submitted on Dec 12, 2011

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