Ecology of Haplochromis mbipi
 
Main Ref. Seehausen, O., E. Lippitsch, N. Bouton and H. Zwennes, 1998
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 Haplochromis mbipi may be found.
Remarks Inhabits various stony and rocky habitats, including stone-sand mixed substrates. It is generally more abundant at gently sloping shores with small and medium sized rock boulders. Females, nonterritorial males and subadults are gregarious and forage in groups. Feeds on a variety of food items such as diatoms, filamentous epilithic algae, detritus, insect larvae and Bryozoa.

Substrate

Substrate
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.

Associations

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Associations
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Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type ref Seehausen, O., E. Lippitsch, N. Bouton and H. Zwennes, 1998
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit ref Seehausen, O., E. Lippitsch, N. Bouton and H. Zwennes, 1998
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
Ref.
From individual food items 2.58 0.23 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 01.25.01
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