Variegated urchins can range in color from green, white-pink, brown-red to red-purple and are typically 3 inches (7.7 cm) wide and 1.3 inches (3.2 cm) tall. This urchin species is found on turtle grass flats, sand and gravel bottom and among mangroves in the western Atlantic from North Carolina and Florida, through the Bahamas and the West Indies.
  • Size

    Common width is 3 inches (7.7 cm). Common height is 1.3 inches (3.2 cm)
  • Diet

    Seagrasses
  • Range

    Western Atlantic
  • Habitat

    Turtle grass flats, sand and gravel bottoms and among mangroves

Physical Characteristics

  • Coloration varies: green, white-pink, brown-red, red-purple. High density of short and stout spines. Scale-like plates surround anus.
  • Common width is 3 inches (7.7 cm). Common height is 1.3 inches (3.2 cm).

Animal Fact

Variegated urchins often carry bits of shell, plant material and other debris with their tube feet.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of seagrasses.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from North Carolina and Florida, through the Bahamas and the West Indies.
  • Found in turtle grass flats, sand and gravel bottoms and among mangroves at depths to 180 feet (55 m).

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Tube feet often carry bits of shell, plant material, and other debris.
  • Will rarely aggregate at densities up to 250 individuals per square yard, decimating areas of seagrass.
  • Typical density below one individual per 2 square yards.

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