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I just realized that in all my time within the Nether I've never had a mob spawn in my netherwart farm. Now, while this would make sense after my farm was complete, because of the netherwart being on the block, it took my quite a bit of time to fill up all my blocks with netherwart. And in all that time (3-5 hours) I never got a single zombie pigman in my farm.

Can Zombie Pigmen spawn on soulsand?

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Mobs definitely do spawn on soul sand, the solid block requirement is for the block graphically, and soul sand graphically is a solid block (no transparency).

I did test it with a glass enclosed room with a soul sand floor and zombie pigmen did spawn inside.

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I will test this myself and re-mark the accepted answer as appropriate. –  Ender Mar 19 '12 at 20:50

No

Nothing can, as it's not a solid block (it is only 7/8ths the height of a normal block).

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Wow, +1 for block size... I didn't know that! –  Allov Mar 19 '12 at 18:21
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I am sorry, while the height of soulsand is indeed 7/8ths of a normal block, that height is only used for collision calculation (to simulate the player sinking in a bit). The block itself is not transparent and is drawn like a full block. That causes it to be a valid block to spawn mobs on. –  Kcats May 16 '12 at 7:31

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