Pincushion Urchin


Scientific name - Lytechinus variegatus

Family – Toxopneustidae

Common name – Pincushion Urchin

Max Size – 8 in (20 cm)

Range: Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean

Care Level – Moderate

Temperament – Peaceful

Foods and feeding – It will roam the aquarium eating algae but may also eat some small sessile invertebrates

Aquarium suitability -

Reef compatibility – With Caution

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, with secure rockwork. They are known for causing rockslides when they find a spot to hide during the day. They may eat small sessile invertebrates. Like all invertebrates it is extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper, and small amount are fatal to it.
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