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Spondylus sinensis. Around 5 inches. The intense orange color is natural. Hving spatulate spines, it has to live in calm waters.
I read that it is from depths of 50 meters. But it grows on coral, I am not sure if corals grow to that depth.
This used to be common, but is not now because of loss of habitat. This was collected in 1975. I have stopped collecting for environmental reasons. It is a good specimen because of the fine spine growth and the intense color.
Spotted on Apr 17, 2014
Submitted on Apr 17, 2014