You may not immediately notice this animal, but the Diadem Sea Urchin can definitely be found in Hof van Eckberge's aquarium! A sea urchin's spines serve for protection from enemies. In addition to providing protection, the spines allow sea urchins to move across the sea floor. The sea urchin is related to the starfish and therefore moves similarly with small suction cups on its underside.

General information Sea urchin

Scientific name: Diadema Setosum

The Diadema sea urchin is usually no larger than 70 millimeters. Sea urchins are found in oceans all over the world. They are found in tropical waters as well as in the cold deep sea. Sea urchins do not like strong waves, but they do like areas with lots of aquatic plants, algae or other small marine animals because they eat them.

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