Friday, February 27, 2009

Collector Urchin

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Collector Urchin or Decorator Urchin
(Tripneustes gratilla)

Collector Urchin or Decorator Urchin - Tripneustes gratilla
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Found in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, as far east as Hawaii

Throughout reef flats and lagoons

Collector Urchins feed on algae by scraping rocks and other hard surfaces with their five teeth.

Quick Fact
Collector urchins cover themselves with algae, rubble and debris, possibly as camouflage.

Learn More
Coming Soon
- Moorea Biocode Database

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