Ecology of Microspathodon dorsalis
 
Main Ref. Grove, J.S. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1997
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 Microspathodon dorsalis may be found.
Remarks Inhabits rocky reefs, below the surf zone (Ref. 9334). Feeds mainly on low-profile, attached algae (Ref. 28023). Defends both feeding and reproductive territories by driving off other fishes and divers who come too close (Ref. 28023). Territorial herbivore that feeds on farmed turf-algae within their territories (Ref. 57615); and depends on a delicate, nutritionally rich food resource exhibiting low standing crop but very high productivity, example is red alga, Polysiphonia sp. (Ref. 56916).

Substrate

Substrate Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Nguyen, N.T. and V.Q. Nguyen, 2006

Associations

Ref.
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type ref Grove, J.S. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1997
Feeding habit grazing on aquatic plants
Feeding habit ref Dominici-Arosemena, A. and M. Wolff, 2006
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
Ref.
From individual food items 2.10 0.05 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 06.28.00
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 11.20.07
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