Marine Biology

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 315–322 | Cite as

Foods and predators of the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis in Newfoundland waters

  • J. H. Himmelman
  • D. H. Steele


Gut analyses of the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (O. F. Müller) demonstrated that perennial phaeophytes, mostly fucoids and Alaria esculenta, were predominant in the diet. Ephemeral species, coralline algae and animals, were consumed in smaller amounts when available. Grazing by the urchins is evidently responsible for the dearth of non-coralline sublittoral algae in Newfoundland waters. Lobsters, rock crabs, purple sea stars, other urchins, and a variety of fishes and birds feed on S. droebachiensis, but predation is apparently not effective in limiting the abundance of the urchin.


Coralline Alga Rock Crab Strongylocentrotus Droebachiensis Ephemeral Species Newfoundland Water 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Himmelman
    • 1
  • D. H. Steele
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John'sCanada

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