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Violet sea urchin live specimen

Museum of Natural History of Venice

Museum of Natural History of Venice

Sea urchin with nearly spherical body and a very high number of spines, which are short, blunt and violet in colour with white tips. Its Italian common name "riccio canuto” (= hoary sea urchin), in fact, comes from the whitish colour of the spine tips that gives it an “elderly” appearance. It is a solitary species that feeds on organic debris and grazing algae and seagrasses.

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  • Title: Violet sea urchin live specimen
  • Rights: Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia Photo by Davide Barzazzi
  • Scientific name: Sphaerechinus granularis
  • Origin: Italy, Northen Adriatic Sea, Venetian coast

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