About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

#783: Urchin

The Urchins are around 950 species of marine echinoderms. He is characterised by his symmetry and spines, which protect him from predation. They are dioecious, with individuals being either male or female. Males tend to live in more elevated and exposed positions, whereas females favour low-lying locations. Urchins feed on algae, which is consumed through an orifice in his lower half - this acts as both mouth and anus. It is studded with calcium carbonate "jaws" and features a fleshy tongue-like structure. Whilst Urchins have no apparent eyes, his entire body is a sensory organ and sensitive to touch, light and chemicals. Locomotion is slow, but achieved by adhesive tube feet.

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