Brissus latecarinatus   (Leske,  1778) (Sea Urchin)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Echinoidea

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Size: Length of the test (L) = 31 mm.

Test oval, rounded anteriorly, broadest at the middle; highest at the posterior third; no anterior frontal notch. Posterior interambulacrum on aboral side slightly raised like a keel. Lateral and posterior paired petals deep and the anterior petal is flush with the surface of the test. Only peripetalous and subanal fascioles present, the latter enclosing a kidney shaped area.

Synonym (s)
Spatangus brissus var. latecarinatus Leske, 1778
Brissus latecarinatus Clark and Rowe, 1971
Brissus carinatus (Lamarck, 1816)
Brissus maculatus Studer, 1889
Brissus maculosus Bolau, 1863
Spatangus (Brissus) latecarinatus Leske, 1778
Spatangus carinatus Lamarck, 1816
Spatangus vulgaris Lamarck, 1801

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Benthic invertebrates, algae and weeds


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 19/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jespersen, A; Lutzen, J and Nielsen, C (2004) On three species and two new genera (Montacutella and Brachiomya) of galeommatoid bivalves from the irregular sea urchin Brissus latecarinatus with emphasis on their reproduction Zoologischer Anzeiger 243 Available at - Zoological Records
  • 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 -
  • James, DB (1983) Research on Indian echinoderms-A review Journal of Marine Biological association of India The Marine Biological Association of India. 25(1&2) 91-108 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 -
  • James, DB (1989) Echinoderms of Lakshadweep and their zoogeography Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 97-144 Available at -

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