Sea potato (Echinocardium cordatum)

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Sea potato washed up on beach

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  • The sea potato is a deposit feeder, picking up food particles with its tube feet.
  • The sea potato is found in a burrow of between 8 and 15 centimetres deep.
  • The sea potato is yellow-brown in colour and covered in lots of backward facing spines.
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Sea potato fact file

Sea potato description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumEchinodermata
ClassEchinoidea
OrderSpatangoida
FamilyLoveniidae
GenusEchinocardium (1)

Information on the sea potato is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Also known as
Common heart urchin.
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Sea potato status

The sea potato has not yet been assessed by the IUCN.

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References

  1. ITIS (December, 2012)
    http://www.itis.gov/index.html
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Sea potato washed up on beach  
Sea potato washed up on beach

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