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Imperial Lance Urchin

Phyllacanthus imperialis


Do: make sure you find a nice shelter and roll into a ball before metamorphosing. Don’t: try and change into a sea star (they are vain and have no manners when they eat). Do: find a nice tight fitting cave or crevice Don’t: find a spacious cave that are good for parties with large openings (big enough for fish to get into). Do: wedge your spines into the sides of the cave and stay there during the day. Don’t: do spinestands and roll around on sandy slopes (they could be pits made by triggerfish). Do: eat a variety of sponges and sea moss with as many small creatures on them as you can catch. Don’t: eat too much of the one sponge (it will become toxic). Do: wait until you can smell the spawn of other creatures before releasing your eggs. Don’t: release your eggs early. Do: cover yourself with algae and stay under ledges as much as possible. Don’t: take all your algae off and go out into the air during low tide (especially if you live near China or Japan). Guardian: Rebecca Bellwood

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 5, 2015
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