Echinacea (animal)

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Temporal range: Lower Jurassic–recent
Riccio Melone a Capo Caccia
Echinus melo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Echinoidea
Superorder: Echinacea

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The Echinacea are a superorder of sea urchins. They are distinguished by the presence of a rigid test, with ten buccal plates around the mouth, and solid spines. Unlike some other sea urchins, they also possess gills. The group is a large one, with species found worldwide.

Echinacea are part of Animalia (Kingdom), Echinodermata (Phylum), Echinozoa (Subphylum), Echinoidea (Class), Euechinoidea (Subclass), Carinacea (Infraclass).

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According to World Register of Marine Species:[1]


  1. ^ "Echinacea WoRMS taxon details". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 29 July 2014.