Ecology of Microspathodon dorsalis
Main Ref. Grove, J.S. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1997
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • 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 Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Nguyen, N.T. and V.Q. Nguyen, 2006


Associated with
Association remarks


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
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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