Ecology of Leptoscarus vaigiensis
Main Ref. Bruce, R.W. and J.E. Randall, 1985
Remarks Occurs inshore (Ref. 75154). Inhabits seagrass areas or areas with hard substrates heavy with algal cover (Ref. 30573). Present in seagrass beds at all life stages (Ref. 41878). Feeds on seagrasses and algae (Ref. 30573). Inhaca Island is a seagrass epibiont so it is possible that its ingestion of sponge and unidentified Hydrozoa are unintentional along with the seagrass (Ref. 42227). In Nakagusuku Bay, Okinawa Island, all larvae ranging from 1.0-1.5 cm SL, fed only on planktonic copepods. Food shifted from planktonic copepods in postflexion larvae and juvenile ranging from 1.0-1.5 cm SL to seaweed in the juvenile ranging from 1.5-2.5 cm SL (Ref. 54487). Food shifts in adult and young over 2.5 cm SL to feed almost exclusively on drifting Sargassum spp. (Ref. 54487).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • 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 Leptoscarus vaigiensis may be found.


Substrate : sand; Hard Bottom;
Substrate Ref. Broad, G., 2003
Special habitats Beds: algae/seaweed; sea grass; 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. Sommer, C., W. Schneider and J.-M. Poutiers, 1996
Feeding habit grazing on aquatic plants
Feeding habit Ref. Sommer, C., W. Schneider and J.-M. Poutiers, 1996
Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 2.00 0.00 Troph of adults and juv./adults from 1 study.
From individual food items 2.27 0.17 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 11.07.00
Modified by OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen on 12.22.08
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