Ecology of Brotula multibarbata
Main Ref. Hobson, E.S., 1974
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 Brotula multibarbata may be found.
Remarks Is a diurnally secretive species. Swims out on the reef after dark but is mostly exposed only during transit from one crevice to another (Ref. 13550). Benthopelagic on shelf and upper slope (Ref. 34024). Also found in shallow lagoon and seaward reefs and occurs at depths of at least 220 m. Adults (30-90 cm) move to depths of 100-650 m (Ref. 58472). A nocturnal species, rarely seen for it lives in caves and crevices during the day and periodically emerges from cover at night to feed on crustaceans, mainly crabs, and fishes. Larvae found in the epipelagic far offshore (Ref. 34024).


Substrate Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Letourneur, Y., P. Chabanet, P. Durville, M. Taquet, E. Teissier, M. Parmentier, J.-C. Quéro and K. Pothin, 2004
Special habitats Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type ref Hobson, E.S., 1974
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit ref Masuda, H. and G.R. Allen, 1993
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.67 0.53 3.84 0.79 Troph of juv./adults from 1 study.
Ref. Hobson, E.S., 1974
From individual food items 3.91 0.66 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 10.17.97
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily on 05.08.18
Checked by Capuli, Estelita Emily on 05.08.18
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