RICCIO SAETTA (Stylocidaris affinis)

RICCIO SAETTA (Stylocidaris affinis)

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KINGDOM: Animal

PHYLUM: Echinoderms CLASS: Echinoids

ORDER: Cidaroids FAMILY: Cidarides

DISTRIBUTION: Mediterranean Sea, from 30 m up to 1000 meters deep, on muddy or detrital seabed.

DESCRIPTION: Almost spherical body with sturdy shell. The primary spines, called radioli, are few in number and sparse but very developed, whose basal part is covered by a thick hair. The color is reddish, while the radioli are gray-brown. It feeds mainly on bryozoans, molluscs and sponges.

DIMENSION: The shell reaches a diameter of about 4 – 5 cm.

IMMERSION PLACE: Porto Pirrone

 

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