Echinoidea | Temnopleuroida
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthic; brackish; depth range 0 - 50 m (Ref. 83942). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: from USA to Brazil, throughout the Caribbean.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 11.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 415)
This an epibenthic, subtidal species found in seagrass (Ref. 83942), particularly Thalassia beds and lagoonal mangrove cays (Ref. 86574). Spawns during new and full moon (Ref. 415).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the class Echinoidea are gonochoric. Fertilization is external. Brooding is common, eggs are held either on the peristome, around the periproct or deep into the concavities on the petaloids. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktotrophic larvae (echinoplateus) and live for several months before they sink to the bottom using their tube feet to adhere on the ground where they metamorphose into young urchins.
Collin, R., M.C. Díaz, J. Norenburg, R.M. Rocha, J.A. Sánchez, M. Schulze, A. Schwartz and A. Valdés. 2005. (Ref. 415)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 22.8 - 28, mean 26.1 (based on 306 cells).
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)