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longspine is spewing white strands
So today i was watching my longspine urchin and he started spewing white strands everywhere, I thought maybe it was poop but he did it for like 2 minutes. It was coming out around that eye thing. Anyone know what it is?
It may perhaps be releasing gametes into the water column. I remember taking care of certain urchin species that did this when there was a temperature fluctuation. Has your water temp. changed over the past couple of days? I don't know where the gametes are specifically released from but that big eye thing is most likely the anus of the urchin. They do have eyes, but usually in the form of light sensitive eye spots. Hope that helps!
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