Ecology of Diplectrum formosum
 
Main Ref. Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986
Distribution
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
Brackishwater
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
Freshwater
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Diplectrum formosum may be found.
Remarks Inhabits bays, coastal grassy areas and shallow banks. Solitary (Ref. 26340) and retreats into shelter when frightened (Ref. 9710). Synchronously hermaphroditic. Popular as a pan fish despite its small size. Feeds on fish and crustaceans (Ref. 26338). Reported as follower of the sea star Luidia senegalensis, and this is likely due to feeding on disturbed or exposed prey due to sea star activities (Ref. 55760).

Substrate

Substrate Soft Bottom
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Beds: sea grass;
Special habitats Ref.

Associations

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Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type ref Sierra, L.M., R. Claro and O.A. Popova, 1994
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit ref
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 4.49 4.15 0.61 Troph of adults from 1 study.
Ref. Bowman, R.E., C.E. Stillwell, W.L. Michaels and M.D. Grosslein, 2000
From individual food items 4.15 0.71 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 09.18.99
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 11.09.05
Checked by Miranda, Lilibeth on 05.11.01
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