Hairy Pincushion Urchin


Scientific name - Tripneustes gratilla

Family – Diadematidae

Common name – Hatpin Urchin

Max Size – 3 in (9 cm)

Range: Indo-Pacific

Care Level – Moderate

Temperament – Peaceful

Foods and feeding – It will roam the aquarium eating algae

Aquarium suitability -

Reef compatibility – Yes

Captive care – This urchin can be a very helpful member of your CUC. They do best in larger aquarium with plenty of area for them to roam. They will pick up anything that is not glued down to camouflage themselves. Like all invertebrates it is extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper, and small amount are fatal to it.
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