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 isContinue reading “Fast Facts: Slate Pencil Urchin”

Fast Facts: Polycitor Giganteus

Is a massive gelatinous colony with a firm translucent ‘skeleton’ and smooth surface; Has a muscular body divided into a short thorax and an especially long abdomen; Is a giant jelly Ascidian; Ascidians (sea squirts) are filter feeders that function by pumping seawater and filtering out suspended food particles from the water column; Ascidians areContinue reading “Fast Facts: Polycitor Giganteus”

Fast Facts: Mado

Is a schooling species that is particularly common on coastal reefs, under jetties in harbors and large estuaries; Has a silver body with dark brown to black stripes and yellow fins; Has large eyes, a small mouth and a forked tail; Is one of the most common species in Sydney; and Is omnivorous. Reference: australian.museum

Fast Facts: Threebar Porcupinefish

Has a rounded body that is covered with spines. The spines on the back are blade-like and fixed in position, but those on the belly and head can be raised; Has a very broad head, with eyes positioned laterally; The teeth are fused to form a single plate in both jaws; Is green to blue-greyContinue reading “Fast Facts: Threebar Porcupinefish”