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  • Urchin - Purple spined urchin

    • A short spined Urchin that can be found in various shades of light purple or Mauve.

    • Scientific Name: Holopneustes purpurascens
    • Habitat: fairly common, sub-tidally in weeded rocky areas around northern North Island coastline
    • Temperament: Peaceful
    • Tank Age/Maturity: 100 litres minium at least 6 months old
    • Diet: Eat coraline and other encrusted bits on rocks, like tuxedo urchins. Also like most macro algaes and carries pieces around on its back for later.
    • Special Requirements: Regular additions of kelp type weed and enough coraline for it to graze.
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