The black sea urchin spines has relatively thick and very resistant spines. The coloration of the spines and carapace varies from dark brown to black. Known locally as “pindá” it is an abundant species on the Brazilian coast, coastal, found predominantly in holes bore into the rocks. It feeds on algae and encrusting animals. Occurs from Florida to southern Brazil, as well as West Indies, Bermuda, Ascension Island, St Helena and Angola.