Rock Boring Urchin - Echinometra lucunter

SKU: 216837
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: F93 0045 0484

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The Impact Urchin (Echinometra viridis) and the Rock Boring Urchin (Echinometra lucunter) are two very similar urchins both found around the Caribbean and western Atlantic Ocean. They are both purplish-brown in overall color and generally grow to around 3" in diameter.

The Rock Boring Urchin (E. lucunter) can have a reddish tint to its color but is uniform in its body color. The Impact Urchin (E. viridis) is distinguished by a white ring around the base of each spine.

Urchins are grazers that will roam about the tank searching for food and algae on the substrate and rockwork. They will not actively eat corals, but some delicate corals may be damaged if the urchin crawls on top of them or knocks them over. Urchins have also been known to eat coralline algae desirable to some aquarists. Urchins may also occasionally feed on coralline algae that some aquarists may be trying to promote. If algae levels in the aquarium are low, urchins can be fed by attaching algae sheets to a piece of rock with a clip or rubber band.

Some urchins are venomous, but most species are harmless to aquarists. The most common injuries from urchins happens when the aquarists bumps against an urchin and gets poked by its spines. Spines can become broken off in the skin, especially with thinner-spined urchins, so always take care around your urchin to avoid injuring it or yourself.


F93 0045 0484
That Fish Place
Common NameRock Boring Urchin
Scientific NameEchinometra lucunter
Originwestern Atlantic, Caribbean
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)3 (excl. spines)
Min Tank Size (in gallons)45
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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Wonderful little creature. Excess on live rock is stripped away, leaving the rocks far more impressive in appearance prior to purchase of urchin

wtf is this


such a scam, it came dead. why would anyone buy this online?