Colony of purple sea urchins

Purple sea urchin

The purple sea urchin lives in kelp forests. It will eat any sort of algae, but kelp is its favourite food. These urchins are considered to be a delicacy in Japan.

Scientific name: Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

Rank: Species

Common names:

California purple sea urchin

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Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Purple sea urchin distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

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About

The purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, lives along the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean extending from Ensenada, Mexico to British Columbia, Canada. This sea urchin species is deep purple in color and lives in lower intertidal and nearshore subtidal communities.

It normally grows to a diameter of about 4 inches and may live as long as 70 years.

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Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Echinoderms
  4. Sea urchins
  5. Echinoida
  6. Strongylocentrotidae
  7. Strongylocentrotus
  8. Purple sea urchin

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