Purple Sea Urchin

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Photo Credit: Kelsey Adkisson

Overview

  • Species Common Name Purple Sea Urchin
  • Species Scientific Name Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

Ecoregions

Special needs

Purple sea urchins occur only in rocky intertidal and shallow subtidal habitat.

Limiting factors

Larval supplies and episodic recruitment affect abundance and distribution.

Conservation actions

Monitor status of populations at index sites. Gather information to fill data gaps. Manage for sustainable harvest.