Story: Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms

Kina

Kina

Known variously as kina, sea urchins and sea eggs, this species (Evechinus chloroticus) is found only in New Zealand. The spiny animals live in shallow-water reefs, growing to 10 centimetres in diameter. First breeding when three or four years old, they are known to live for over 20 years. At times they swarm together and completely eat out a patch of seaweed – their usual food. Here they are grazing on bladder kelp. The solitary pāua (lower centre) is probably eating their leftovers.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10048890
Photograph by Rob Davidson

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Starfish, sea urchins and other echinoderms - Sea urchins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5205/kina (accessed 26 September 2017)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006