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short-spined sea urchin

Lytechinus variegatus

Description:

close-up dorsal view of short-spined sea urchin

Habitat:

tropical coral reef ecosystem

Notes:

spotted offshore of Oahu; ID probable, but not certain; date notional; only year is known with certainty; location notional, but probably off of Leeward coast; image shows the top of the urchin; its mouth is on the bottom--it spends its life "face down"; original medium photoprint, taken with Nikonos III using flash and close-up kit; print subsequently scanned and image saved as digital file

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Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Lat: 21.44, Long: -158.21

Spotted on May 15, 1983
Submitted on Dec 20, 2011

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