Fast Facts: Slate Pencil Urchin

  • Gets it’s name from it’s thick blunt spines that resemble old-fashioned pencils;
  • Has thick, blunt, round spines;
  • Lives on intertidal rocky shores and in coastal water to a depth of 80m;
  • Are found along the east coast of Australia, including New South Wales;
  • Is a herbivore;
  • Comes out to feed at night;
  • The mouth is on the underside of it’s body and is equipped with five sharp teeth used to scrape algae from the rocks; and
  • Uses it’s spines to wedge firmly into holes and crevices during the day.


Published by Karina Teuma Karina Teuma is a Passionate Marine Biology Enthusiast, Environmentalist, Snorkeller, Freediver, Scuba Diver and more.

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