Tuxedo Urchin - Mespilia globulus - Small/Medium
The Tuxedo Urchin (Mespilia globulus) is compact and colorful. The spines are fine and arranged into five sections. The bare sections between the spines are usually blue, olive, or black in contrast to the orange-brown spines.
Urchins are grazers that will roam about the tank searching for food and algae on the substrate and rockwork. Most 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 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.
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|Common Name||Tuxedo Urchin - Sm/Med|
|Scientific Name||Mespilia globulus|
|Reef Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Invert Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Max Size (in inches)||3 (excl. spines)|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||20|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
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