Sand dollars live below the average low water mark on top of or just beneath sandy or muddy surfaces. Spines on the somewhat flattened underside of the animal allow them to burrow or to slowly creep through the sand. Photographed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Sand dollars (Dendraster excentricus)

Sand dollars live below the average low water mark on top of or just beneath sandy or muddy surfaces. Spines on the somewhat flattened underside of the animal allow them to burrow or to slowly creep through the sand. Photographed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Author(s)Ben Fertig
Author CompanyIntegration and Application Network
Date Created2011-01-26
AlbumFauna > Echinoderms
TypePhoto
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Required AttributionBen Fertig, Integration and Application Network (ian.umces.edu/media-library)