Sea Urchin

This is a beautiful set of Conulus urchins. The one on the right shows the plates making up the shell (test). The central specimen shows the very fine pits and knobbles that supported the spines. It also shows the mouth (in the centre) and the anus (at the bottom of the picture). The specimen on the right has a shell attached to its side.

Find out more on the echinoderms page.

Common name

Sea Urchin

Scientific name

Conulus albogalerus

Type

Echinoderms > Sea Urchins


Strata

Chalk, Upper

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

80 million years

Where found

Thorncombe

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.09642-4