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.