Coppard, S.E.; Schultz, H.A.G. (2006). A new species of Coelopleurus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea: Arbaciidae) from New Caledonia. Zootaxa 1281: 1–19.
Coelopleurus exquisitus sp. nov. Coppard & Schultz, 2006 occurs at depths of 240 m to 520 m off of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. This new species is distinctive in having large naked interambulacral median regions that are purple with an undulating lavender line, in conjunction with highly curved primary spines that are banded red and pale-green on their dorsal surface for three quarters of the distal length, pointed secondary spines and aboral ophicephalous pedicellariae that have constricted valves.