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Brisaster latifrons (A. Agassiz, 1898)
Heart Urchin
Family: Schizasteridae
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Distribution of Brisaster latifrons in British Columbia
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This species is an irregular, egg-shaped sea urchin. It is found from Alaska (Aleutian Islands) to southern California and the Gulf of California (Lambert and Austin 2007). Heart Urchins are deposit-feeding species that ingest mud. Lambert and Austin (2007) say: "Heart Urchins are deposit feeders, ingesting mud as they move through it. They live below the mud surface but maintain a chimney to the surface with large modified tube feet to obtain oxygen."

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
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Species References

Lambert, P., & Austin W. C. (2007). Brittle Stars, Sea Urchins and Feather Stars of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound. Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria.

General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-05-25 4:16:48 PM]
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