Metalia spatagus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Sea Urchin)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Echinoidea

Image copyrights: FLMNH

Size: Max length 10.0 cm TL (male); common length 6.0 cm TL (male)

It is characterized by the presence of peripetalous, anal and subanal fascioles, the subanal fasciole enclosing a shield-like area; and the absence of a subanal projection on the oral side and keel in the posterior interambulacrum on aboral side.

Synonym (s)
Echinus spatagus Linnaeus, 1758
Metalia spatangus (sic.) James, 1969
Metalia spatagus Clark and Rowe, 1971
Brissus compressus (Lamarck, 1816)
Echinus maculosus Gmelin, 1788
Metalia maculosa (Gmelin, 1788)
Prometalia spatagus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Prometalia ventricosa Lambert & Thiery, 1924
Spatangus compressus Lamarck, 1816

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Demersal, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer


• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sastry, DRK (1991) Echinodermata: Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea and Echinoidea State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 363-397 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Sastry, DRK (2007) Echinodermata of India : An annotated list Records of Zoological Survey of India Occassional paper No. 271 ZSI, Kolkata 1-387 Available at -

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