Echinoidea | Clypeasteroida | Mellitidae
Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS
Alvarado, J.J. and J. CortÃ©s. 2009. (Ref. 83942)
Size / Weight / Age
Benthic; depth range 8 - 25 m (Ref. 83942)
Climate / Range
Eastern Pacific: Costa Rica.
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions
This is an intertidal species found on sandy bottoms at depths of 8 to 25 m (Ref. 83942). Members of the class Echinoidea are gonochoric. Fertilization is external. Brooding is common, eggs are held either on the peristome, around the periproct or deep into the concavities on the petaloids. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktotrophic larvae (echinoplateus) and live for several months before they sink to the bottom using their tube feet to adhere on the ground where they metamorphose into young urchins (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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