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Leodia sexiesperforataLeske, 1778
Common Name: Six Holed Keyhole Urchin

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
EchinodermataEchinoideaClypeasteroidaMellitidaeLeodiasexiesperforata
Habitat
Sandy areas of the the ocean floor where there is little algae or sea-grass growing.
Distribution
Found all along the coast from North Carolina to Uruguay.
Natural History Notes
Can burrow into sand in 5-7 minutes, leaving the creature about 25mm under the sand.
Depth
0-60 m (commonly < 25 m)
Characteristics
Basic sand dollar plan of subcircular flattened disc, usually yellow to light brown in living color.The thin margined test has six slotlike homes and five short (equal) petals.
Other Literature
Serafy, D. Keith. 1979. Echinoids (Echinodermata: Echinoidea). Memoirs of the Hourglass Cruises, vol. V, pt. III. 1-120.
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByDr. Rachel Collin
LocalityIsla Colon
Compiled by
Tristan M. Carland
Links
Reference
Hendler, Gordon, John E. Miller, David L. Pawson, and Porter M. Kier. 1995. Sea Stars, Sea Urchins, and Allies - Echinoderms of Florida and the Caribbean. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington D. C. 390pp.
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