Fish Species

Edible Urchin

Edible Urchin - Description

The Edible Urchin also known as the European Edible Sea Urchin is shaped like a ball and as its name suggests can be eaten! Its Latin name 'Esculentus' translates to edible and the roe of this species of sea urchin is harvested and eaten. It has spines instead of tentacles unlike other species of sea anemone.

The scale worm (Adyte assimilis) and the Copepod crustacean (Pseudoanthessius liber) have a Commensalism relationship with the edible sea urchin and live in its scales.

Popular Name: Edible Urchin
Species: Echinus esculentus

Profile of the Edible Urchin

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Edible Urchin species.

  • Size: Up to 10cm

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae, Worms, Barnacles

  • Habitat: Attaches itself to the sea bed, rocks and seaweed

  • Range: Depth of up to 40m, coastline of Western Europe

Scientific Classification of the Edible Urchin

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Echinus esculentus

  • Popular Name: Edible Urchin

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Echinodermata

  • Class: Echinoidea

  • Order: Echinoida

  • Family: Echinidae


Sea Anemones Index

Facts about Fish Species - Edible Urchin

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


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