Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps


Compiler and date details

F.W.E. Rowe & J. Gates, Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (1995) Updated (2001) by Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia


Temnopleurids are widespread in the Indo-west, central Pacific region. Twenty extant genera are known. Twelve of these are recorded in Australian waters, represented by thirty-two species.

This is the only family retained in the order Temnopleuroida and is distinguished from other echinoids by the following combination of character states: lantern camarodont-type; tubercles imperforate, usually crenulate; test generally sculptured conspicuously by ridges or depressions, or both; ambulacra invariably trigeminate; pores arranged monoserially or in several vertical series.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
17-Feb-2012 17-Feb-2012 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)