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Western longspine sea urchin

Centrostephanus tenuispinus

(Image credit: Antonia Cooper)

The urchin is slate grey in colour with thinner spines relative to their length than the closely related black urchin.

Length: Diameter up to 16 cm


Concealed in open reefs; 3-220 m depth

Log it

In South Australia, log this urchin south and east of Spencer Gulf

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 3

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