Purple Sea Urchin

Photo Credit: Kelsey Adkisson


  • Species Common Name Purple Sea Urchin
  • Species Scientific Name Strongylocentrotus purpuratus


Special needs

Purple sea urchins occur only in rocky intertidal and shallow subtidal habitat.

Limiting factors

Larval supplies and episodic recruitment affect abundance and distribution.

Conservation actions

Monitor status of populations at index sites. Gather information to fill data gaps. Manage for sustainable harvest.