Tuberculate Sea Urchin

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The Tuberculate Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris tuberculata) is a sub-tropical/temperate water urchin species that belongs to the family Echinometridae. This species is found along the east coast of Australia and has been recorded from Caloundra in Queensland to Montague Island in New South Wales. It has also been found in the Kermadec Islands in northern New Zealand. This species has been recorded from depths of 0 to 54 metres and is able to withstand heavy wave environments and hence is often found in the intertidal zone. This species is generally red in colour however it can be a dark brown. This species looks similar in appearance to Heliocidaris erythogramma and is found in the same sort of environments.

The Tuberculate Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris tuberculata) has a maximum body diameter of approximately 12cm.

Family: Echinometridae

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