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Banded urchin

Echinothrix calamaris

Description:

Common on reefs and rubble away from the surf zone. Closely spaced primary spines black in adults, banded with white in juveniles, narrow venomous secondary spines entirely yellow-brown. Test diameter and spine length attain 4 inches. Gonads are a local delicacy. Anal opening may host the commensal crab, Echinoecus pentagonus. Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.

Habitat:

Hanuana bay

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joanbstanley
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joanbstanley

Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Oct 13, 2014
Submitted on Dec 3, 2014

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