Banded Long Spine Urchin

Species information for the Banded Long Spine Urchin, in the Urchins category.

  1. Scientific name - Echinothrix calamari

    Family – Diadematidae

    Common name – Hatpin Urchin

    Max Size – 9 in (23 cm)

    Range: Indo-Pacific

    Care Level – Moderate

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – Juveniles will eat algae, adults will eat other invertebrates

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – With Caution

    Captive care – As a juvenile the urchin can be very helpful member of your clean up crew, but as it gets larger it will eat other invertebrates and will no longer be reef safe. Because of its large size it needs to be in a larger aquarium with secure rockwork. It is mainly nocturnal. Like all invertebrates it is extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper, and small amount are fatal to it.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011
    little_fish, Feb 20, 2011