The Echinoid Directory

Echinocrepis A. Agassiz, 1879, p. 206

Diagnostic Features
  • Test large and triangular in outline, with wide but distinct anterior notch at ambitus and a deep, narrow groove leading to peristome on the oral surface; thin-shelled.
  • Apical disc with ?three, possibly four gonopores. Compact.
  • Ambulacra all similar with minute pores only.
  • Peristome subcircular and facing anteriorly into frontal groove.
  • Plastron plating orthosternous; sternal plate followed by a pair of symmetrical episternal plates.
  • Plastron plating disjunct.
  • Ambulacra I and V continuous on oral surface; not separated by plates of interambulacra 1 and 4.
  • Scattered small tubercles distributed over the aboral surface; slightly larger tubercles close to apex.
  • Periproct inframarginal, with no overarching interambulcral hood.
  • No posterior rostrum.
  • No subanal fasciole.
Recent; Antarctic.
Name gender feminine
Echinocrepis cuneata A. Agassiz, 1879, p. 206, by original designation.
Species Included
  • Only the type species.
Classification and/or Status

Holasteroida, Meridosternata, Urechinina, Pourtalesiidae.



Differs from Pourtalesia in having an inframarginal periproct. Closest to Cystocrepis but differing from that taxon in having ambulacra I and V with continuous plating.

Agassiz, A. 1879. Preliminary report on the Echini of the exploring expedition of H. M. S. Challenger, Sir C. Wyville Thomson chief of civilian staff. Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 14, 190-212.

Mortensen, T. 1950. A Monograph of the Echinoidea. V.1. Spatangoida 1. C. A. Reitzel, Copenhagen.