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Specimens with Sequences:6Public Species:1
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Echinothurioida

Echinothurioida is an order of sea urchins in the class Echinoidea. Members of this order are distinguished from other sea urchins by the combination of a flexible test and hollow spines. The membrane around the mouth contains only simple plates, in contrast to the more complex mouth parts of their close relatives, the Diadematoida. They are nearly all deep sea dwellers.

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Characteristics

Echinothurioids have regular tests (shells) with ten columns of plates. These plates are fused in groups of three with a central primary plate and a half plate on either side. The edge of each group of plates overlaps the next one in the manner of tiles on a roof and this means that the test is flexible. The primary tubercles which articulate with the spines are each perforated by a hole and the spines are hollow. The fused plates continue to the edge of the jaws, covering the peristome membrane that surrounds the mouth. The mouthparts, known as the Aristotle's lantern, have simple plates and grooved teeth. The gills are relatively small, and in many species, entirely absent.[2][3]

Biology

Gold sea urchin (Tromikosoma sp.)
at 2,932 metres (9,619 ft)
Toxic leather sea urchin
(Asthenosoma marisrubri)

Echinothurioids are nearly all found on the seabed at abyssal depths, but by way of an exception, Asthenosma ijimai is found in shallow water.[2] Because of the difficulty in studying these echinothurioids at such depths, little is known of their feeding habits, but examination of their stomach contents suggests they eat detritus, mostly in the form of algal fragments. Their reproduction is also relatively unstudied but some members of the group, such as Phormosoma placenta, produce eggs with large yolks which at first rise towards the surface and later sink again. The bilaterally symmetrical larva, called an echinopluteus, is planktonic and may not feed, relying on its yolks for nourishment before descending to the seabed and undergoing metamorphosis.[2][3]

Evolutionary history

For many years, echinothurioids were believed to be extinct, being only known from fossils. These are found infrequently because the test tends to disintegrate after the echinoderm dies and the only parts to be preserved are detached plates and spines. The earliest known echinothurioid was Pelanechinus, dating back to the Middle to Late Jurassic. It had a more fused test than more recent species and was better preserved.[2] It bridges the gap between the echinothurioids and the diadematioids.[4] The earliest crown group example was Echinothuria, which came from the Upper Cretaceous of southern England. Living members of the group were found after the Challenger expedition of 1872–76 began to explore the deep sea.[2]

Taxonomy

The World Echinoidea Database recognises the following families and genera:[1]

"†" means an extinct taxon

References

  1. ^ a b Kroh, Andreas (2012). "Echinothurioida". In A. Kroh & R. Mooi. World Echinoidea Database. World Register of Marine Species. http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=160732. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Order Echinothurioida Claus, 1880". The Echinoid Directory. The Natural History Museum. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/echinoid-directory/taxa/taxon.jsp?id=881. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  3. ^ a b Barnes, Robert D. (1982). Invertebrate Zoology. Philadelphia, PA: Holt-Saunders International. p. 980. ISBN 0-03-056747-5.
  4. ^ Groom, T. T. (1887). "On some New Features in Pelanechinus corallinus". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society 43: 703–714. doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1887.043.01-04.53.
  5. ^ Kroh, Andreas; Smith, A. B. (2010). "The phylogeny and classification of post-Palaeozoic echinoids". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 8 (2): 147–212. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/resources-rx/files/krohsmith2010-69272.pdf.
  6. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera (Echinoidea)". Bulletins of American Paleontology 364: 560. http://strata.geology.wisc.edu/jack/showgenera.php?taxon=505&rank=class. Retrieved 2012-12-08.

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