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Family: Brissidae (See list of species below)

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27 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)


Brissopsis atlantica
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Brissopsis elongata
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Brissopsis luzonica
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Brissopsis lyrifera
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Brissopsis mediterranea
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Brissopsis odhami
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Brissopsis pacifica
[Pacific heart urchin]
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Brissopsis similis
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Brissopsis zealandiae
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Brissus agassizii
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Brissus gigas
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Brissus latecarinatus
[keeled heart urchin]
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Brissus unicolor
[big white heart urchin]
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Eupatagus magnus
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Meoma ventricosa
[red heart urchin]
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Metalia angustus
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Metalia dicrana
[heart urchin]
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Metalia kermadecensis
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Metalia persica
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Metalia spatagus
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Metalia sternalis
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Plagiobrissus costai
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Plagiobrissus grandis
[giant heart urchin]
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Rhabdobrissus pacificus
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Rhynobrissus hemiasteroides
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Rhynobrissus pyramidalis
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Rhynobrissus tumulus
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27 Species of Family Brissidae
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Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Brissopsis atlantica Western Atlantic and the
Brissopsis elongata Western Central Atlantic.
Brissopsis luzonica Western Pacific. Tropica
Brissopsis lyrifera Northeast Atlantic and th
Brissopsis mediterranea Western Atlantic
Brissopsis odhami Western Central Pacific
Brissopsis pacifica Pacific heart urchin Eastern Pacific.
Brissopsis similis Western Central Pacific
Brissopsis zealandiae Southwest Pacific
Brissus agassizii Pacific Ocean.
Brissus gigas Southwest Pacific
Brissus latecarinatus keeled heart urchin Widely distributed in Ind 13 TL
Brissus unicolor big white heart urchin Atlantic and the Mediterr
Eupatagus magnus Western Central Pacific
Meoma ventricosa red heart urchin Western Central Atlantic
Metalia angustus Western Central Pacific
Metalia dicrana heart urchin Western Pacific 5 TL
Metalia kermadecensis Southwest Pacific
Metalia persica Western Indian Ocean
Metalia spatagus Indo-Pacific 10 TL
Metalia sternalis Indo-West Pacific.
Plagiobrissus costai Atlantic and the Mediterr
Plagiobrissus grandis giant heart urchin Eastern Pacific and Weste
Rhabdobrissus pacificus Eastern Pacific.
Rhynobrissus hemiasteroides Eastern Indian Ocean
Rhynobrissus pyramidalis Western Pacific
Rhynobrissus tumulus Eastern Indian Ocean



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