Red Long Spine Urchin

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

  1. Scientific name - Astropyga radiata

    Common name – Black Long Spine Urchin

    Max Size – 8 in (20 cm)

    Range: Indo-Pacific, Bali

    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 are primarily nocturnal. They will also protect themselves so use caution around the spines, both to your fish and your hands. If you do get a spine in your hand, carefully remove it and put vinegar on the wound to dissolve any remaining spike. 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
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