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Short-spined sea urchin

Brissus latercarinatus

Description:

Shell

Habitat:

Bucas Grande Island, Surigao, Philippines

Notes:

Height is less than 2", width is about an inch. The back has two holes.

1 species ID suggestions

Short-spined sea urchin
Brissus latercarinatus SEASHELLS, ECHINOID, BRISSUS LATERCARINATUS, SHELLS | eBay

4 Comments

Armi
Armi 6 years ago

Thanks for your inputs!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 6 years ago

It could be B. latercarinatus, it would fit the location if this was found washed up on a beach! I don't think this is fossilised as I just noticed the hole in the shell so B. oblongus is out.

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 6 years ago

This is indeed a kind of sea urchin... or at least it was! It's called a heart urchin, and will be hard to ID much further than that. My gut things it is something in the Brissus genus, have a look at some of these samples from the Natural History Museum in London: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/r... I think in particular it might even be B. oblongus http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/r... But it's hard to tell from the skeleton, especially just on photo of it. If you can, post some more angles of this (like the bottom), or also go through the Natural History Museum's pages!

Surigao, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 9.59, Long: 125.91

Spotted on May 8, 2012
Submitted on May 25, 2012

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