Girish Mahajan


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Kingdom  Animalia
Scientific name  Loveniidae
Higher classification  Brissidina
Order  Spatangoida
Subphylum  Eleutherozoa
Phylum  Echinodermata
Rank  Family
Lower classifications  Echinocardium cordatum, Lovenia

Loveniidae is a family of heart urchins in the order Spatangoida.


Description and characteristics

These sea urchins are called "heart urchins" due to their specific shape, looking like a heart when seen from below (more or less depending on the genus). The mouth is located between the two cheecks, and the anus below the tip.


According to WoRMS :

  • genus Araeolampas Serafy, 1974
  • genus Atelospatangus Koch, 1885
  • genus Breynia Desor, in Agassiz & Desor, 1847
  • genus Chuniola Gagel, 1903
  • sub-family Echinocardiinae Cooke, 1942
  • genus Echinocardium Gray, 1825
  • genus Gualtieria Desor, in Agassiz & Desor, 1847
  • genus Hemipatagus Desor, 1858
  • genus Laevipatagus Noetling, 1885
  • genus Lovenia Desor, in Agassiz & Desor, 1847
  • genus Pseudolovenia A. Agassiz & H.L. Clark, 1907b
  • genus Semipetalion Szörényi, 1963
  • genus Spatangomorpha Boehm, 1882
  • References

    Loveniidae Wikipedia

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