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T. gratilla, a sea urchin widely distribution throughout the Indo-Pacific including in Raja Ampat. This species is ecologically important, especially in sea grass habitats and is a food source with good potential for aquaculture. Habitat of T. gratilla are sheltered and moderatley exposed reef. They can reach 10 to 15 centimetres (4 to 6 in) in size. They are dark in colour, usually bluish-purple with white spines. The pedicles are also white, with a dark or black base. The spines of some specimens are wholly orange, while those of others are only orange-tipped or completely white. This colour disappears when the individual dies or is taken out of the ocean, and is difficult to preserve.

T. gratilla. Kingdom Animalia. Phylum Echinodermata. Class Echinodea. Order Temnopleuroida. Family Toxopneustidae. Genus Tripneutes.

Collaborators

  • Smithsonian
  • UNIPA
  • UB
  • IBRC

Fundings:

  • USAID