Pincushion Urchin

Species information for the Pincushion Urchin, in the Urchins category.

  1. 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.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011
    little_fish, Feb 20, 2011