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Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Scientific name: Dendraster excentricus
Common name: Sand Dollar
Locations: Eastern Pacific
Group: Marine LifeInvertebratesSea Urchins

Yes, these are actually sea urchins. They have short, fuzz-like spines, longer on the bottom than the top. They live in large beds on the sandy bottom in 10-20 feet of water.

What washes up on the beach with the leaf-like pattern is just the test (skeleton).

Sand dollars sometimes slowly meander across the sand.

Other images:
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dense bed
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Sand dollar on the move
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Sand dollar leaving a trail
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dense bed
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dense bed
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Urchin test (skeleton)
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Urchin test (skeleton)
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
Dendraster excentricus (Sand Dollar)
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