Pacific Purple Sea Urchin

Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

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The purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, lives along the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean extending from Ensenada, Mexico to British Columbia, Canada. This sea urchin species is deep purple in color and lives in lower intertidal and nearshore subtidal communities. Along with sea otters and abalones, it is a prominent member of the spectacular kelp forest community.

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  1. (c) Sarka Martinez, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/4406035
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strongylocentrotus_purpuratus

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