Echinus esculentus

Echinus esculentus


Aggregation of sea urchins on a boulder with brittle stars Ophiothrix fragilis present, Crustacean Cancer pagurus present and seaweed Lamineria sp.

Item Type:Image
Title:Echinus esculentus
Creator(s):Jones, D.
Identification:Jones, D.
Date:30 January 2007
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Echinodermata (Echinoderms) > Class Echinoidea (Sea Urchins, heart urchins, sand dollars) > Order Echinoida (Sea urchins) > Family Echinidae
Species:Echinus esculentus, Ophiothris fragilis, Cancer pagurus, Lamineria sp.
Behaviour:Large aggregation of urchins E.esculentus on a boulder, with a crab Cancer pagurus using the base of the boulder as a shelter. There is also a very dense aggregation of brittle stars Ophiothrix fragilis in the background of the image.
Site:Atlantic > North Sea > West of Shetland > Laggan
North Sea > West of Shetland > Laggan
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):46
Latitude:60 deg 32' 01" N
Longitude:1 deg 13' 55" E
UTM Zone:30
Countries:UK > West of Shetland
Substratum:Rocks and boulders
Rig:Fugro Mercator
Project Partners:Total
ROV:Seaeye Tiger
Keywords:Sea urchins Echinus esculentus Brittle Stars Ophiothriz fragilis Crustaceans Cancer pagurus Lamineria Laggan West of Shetland Atlantic Benthic
Deposited By:Miss Moira MacLean
Deposited On:20 October 2010

Repository Staff Only: edit this item


In any downloading or consulting of the data from this website, the visitor acknowledges that he/she agrees to the following:
If data are extracted from this website for secondary analysis resulting in publication, the website should be cited as follows:

Jones, D.O.B., Gates, A.R., Curry, R.A., Thomson, M., Pile, A., Benfield, M. (Eds) (2009). SERPENT project. Media database archive. Available online at accessed on

If any data constitutes a substantial proportion of the records used in secondary analysis, the authors/managers of the database should be contacted. In any case, there are additional data which may prove valuable to such analyses.

SERPENT Image and Video Archive is running on GNU EPrints repository-creating software, which generates eprints repositories that are compliant with the Open Archives Protocol for Metadata Harvesting OAI 1.1 and 2.0.

The GNU EPrints repository-creating software is available for free at

More information is available about the repository.