Ball urchin - Mespillia globulus
  • droll appearance
  • eats algae and remains
  • supports water hygiene
  • suitable for beginners
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Ball urchin - Mespillia globulus
The cute spherical sea urchin becomes a great eye-catcher in the aquarium when it decorates itself with algae and corals, as well as pieces of gravel. In addition, it munches algae, zoobenthos and growth and thus keeps the reef sparkling clean. Some care should be taken when introducing it, as it should not be exposed to fresh air. - Garnelio

The spherical sea urchin is an easy-care candidate that can be maintained from 50 liters. Scientifically called Mespilla globulus, it once came from Australia, the Indian Ocean, but is also found in the Indo-Pacific as far as Thailand. The spiny sea water dweller is considered to be sociable in care and is therefore also suitable for beginners in the salty hobby.

With a size of 6-7 cm it remains somewhat smaller than other sea urchin species. It feeds mainly on algae, detritus and debris, but also on coral polyps and zoobenthos. Breeding in the aquarium is probably not possible. As with all sea urchin species, the spherical sea urchin should never have contact with air, so it should be submerged under water along with its transport container and inserted.

Spherical sea urchins react poorly to medication cures in the aquarium and may even die from it. They tend to camouflage themselves with bits of substrate, algae, and even pieces of coral, making them look extremely posh

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Scientific name: Mespilla globulus (Linnaeus, 1758)
German Name: Spherical sea urchin
Difficulty level: for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Australia, China, Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific, Thailand
Coloration: Spherical shape with blue base color and red white spotted spines
Age expectancy unknown
Water parameters: Salinity: 35 g/l, density: 1.023, KH 7-9 °dKH, pH 7.7-8.5, calcium: 400-430 mg/l, magnesium: 1,250-1,350 mg/l, temperature 24-28 °C
Tank size: 50 l and up
Food Omnivorous: algae and growth, fish food, detrius, zoobenthos
Breeding not known
Behavior peaceful
Group size 2 and up
CITES n. a.
Red List NE not assessed
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